What set MRI on the path to where it is today was this modality’s ability to reveal, in strikingly realistic fashion, the mushy insides of our bodies. Whereas x-rays and CT scans showed our bony interior in stark relief, MRI excelled at showing our softer selves. That may be why it seemed so natural and fitting when fruits were used to see whether MRI scanners were working correctly. But I had never seen such scans as art, not until Andy Ellison got hold of them.
Medical acronyms are intended to boost efficiency. The advantages of brevity should be weighed against the possibility of crypticness (making the communication harder for others to understand) and ambiguity (having more than one possible interpretation). In other words, a smart communicator uses good shortcuts but makes sure that other people will understand what he or she means.
The very small may one day inherit the imaging world. Pioneers in nanoparticles are working toward that end, crafting imaging agents to hasten the future of MRI. But lately imaging alone just hasn’t been enough to excite me. Nor has it been enough that these nano agents are about 1/10,000th the diameter of the diminishing hairs on my head.
Good news radiologists! There’s a new place to set up that MRI machine: the guidance counselor’s office. Researchers are starting to use MRI to document an individual’s ability to perform on vocational guidance tests.
Most radiologists have fundamentally the same concerns: How do I maintain a good income? How do I balance the increasing demands of time/speed with my overall workload? Am I increasing my potential clinical risk? Wwhat is going to change next?
American writer Louis L’Amour once said, “To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers.
Recently, my fellow first year residents and I met to put together our study schedule for the upcoming American Board of Radiology physics exam in September 2010.
There has been considerable debate concerning President Obama’s healthcare reform initiative despite widespread agreement the U.S. healthcare system is in need of a significant and comprehensive overhaul.
Users of social image-sharing site Instagram are exposing patient information in radiology images, causing security and privacy concerns.