A procedure in which the doctor inserts a tube into the chest to view the organs in the mediastinum. The tube is inserted through an incision next to the breastbone.
The area between the lungs. The organs in the mediastinum include the heart and its large veins and arteries, the trachea, the esophagus, the bronchi, and lymph nodes.
- Medic Alert
Originally,a bracelet that a person could wear to warn medical professionals in an emergency about a serious health problem. In 1953 Linda Collins, the daughter of Dr. Marion Collins and Chrissie Collins, had a near-fatal reaction to a tetanus antitoxin scratch test. The realization that their daughter could have died if given the full tetanus […]
A number of US programs of public assistance for persons whose income is insufficient to pay for health care, regardless of age. Medicaid is administered on a state level, with the federal government providing matching funds to state Medicaid programs. Services and options can vary from state to state. Disabled persons who receive Social Security […]
- Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
The MCAT is a test that is required of all applicants to medical school in the U.S. and Canada. The MCAT is “a standardized test used to assess applicants’ science knowledge, reasoning, and communication and writing skills.” The MCAT is given under the aegis of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
- Medical device
1. Broadly, any physical item used in medical treatment, from a cardiac pacemaker to a wheelchair. 2.In insurance terms, usually synonymous an assistive device, although it may include items more frequently thought of as medical supplies, such as dressings needed for wound care at home or syringes for self-administration of insulin.