There are quite a few alternatives to barium enemas, the best known of which is colonoscopy. This involves passing a fibreoptic cable up into the colon to view the colonic wall. Colonoscopy is now rapidly supplanting barium enemas
* Lung: PET scans are just as accurate as biopsies, with no significant health risks (Appl Radiol, 2003; 32: 9-17).
* Breast: MRI has variable accuracy (60-100 per cent)
The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is a screening technique that has been in use since the early 1980s. It can provide a detailed picture of your body’s soft tissues, especially the brain and spinal cord.
Not only is cognitive therapy (CT) free from the potential side-effects of antidepressants, it also brings longer-lasting benefits. One study looking at relapse rates with severe depression found that those who had stopped medication were more...