There is a very interesting article in The Atlantic about things people have done in the MRI scanner. Here is the list, enjoy!
- Playing jazz
- Giving birth
- Reading T.S. Eliot
- Playing video games
- Unleashing animals into the room
- Having sex
Charles Limb, a Johns Hopkins otolaryngologist, tried to find out what it is like brain-wise to listen to music and used MRI scans in his research.
A few days ago, I described how I use Quiz.MD for keeping myself up-to-date and just came across a new feature on Radiopaedia, a radiology wiki site I frequently write about. They now offer quizzes which are actually detailed, illustrated case presentations. Really useful and can also help you boost your radiology knowledge.
I guess Vanessa would love what the Eizo medical supply company came up with. Click here to see the 2010 calendar of X-ray pin-ups. I’m wondering how much radiation did the poor lady received.
I’ve been writing about Radiopaedia.org, the best radiology wiki managed by Dr Frank Gaillard, for years. And now new teaching files are also available on iPhone. An excerpt from the press release:
Radiopaedia.org is proud to announce the arrival of its iPhone application, ‘Radiology Teaching Files
Radiopeadia.org is the most comprehensive on-line knowledge-sharing tool and learning resource for
the global radiology community.
As an extension of this mission, Radiopaedia’s Radiology Teaching File now available as an iPhone
application, provides access to this global knowledge bank anytime, anyplace, from the convenience of
their iPhone. The app, like the Radiopaedia.org website, includes comprehensive discussion and sample
reports and links to additional online content.
Here are some screenshots that give you a glimpse about how it actually works.
I’ve recently received an e-mail from ASPEX that offers Scienceroll.com readers the opportunity to scan a sample of their choice with an electron microscope (Desktop SEM) for free. Here are a few examples.
What you have to do:
- Fill out the form and mail it along with the sample you want scanned to:
Free Sample Submissions
175 Sheffield Dr.
Delmont, PA 15626
- Once ASPEX has completed the scan, the images and report will be posted on ASPEX’s website here.
- It should take about 2 weeks for the results to post to the ASPEX website, and submitters will be notified via email. Samples scanned for free will not be returned.
Magnetic resonance imaging opened a new chapter in the history of medical diagnostics, but it still cannot answer all the questions. Researchers at the Iowa State University came up with a wonderful solution. They developed a software, BodyViz, that can convert common 2D MRI and CAT scans into 3D visualizations, enabling physicians to navigate inside the body using an Xbox controller.
Two-dimensional imaging technologies have been used in medicine for a long time, said (BodyViz co-founder) Eliot Winer, an Iowa State associate professor of mechanical engineering and an associate director of Iowa State’s Virtual Reality Applications Center. But those flat images aren’t easily read and understood by anybody but specialists.
“If I’m a surgeon or an oncologist or a primary care physician, I deal with patients in 3-D,” Winer said.
(The creators) like to quote a doctor who told a reporter that when preparing for complex procedures, “2-D is guessing and 3-D is knowing.”
Barbara Duck informed us about a new development, NeuroTouch, that will hopefully lead to a new era in neurosurgery.
NeuroTouch, the prototype simulator developed by Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) and several other research groups, gives surgeons a dry run in virtual reality before entering the operating room, potentially reducing mistakes.
First, patient data from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is rendered into a 3-D, high-resolution model of an individual’s brain. After the model is loaded into the system, doctors can touch and manipulate tumors and other virtual objects on screens in real time using a physical instrument resembling a scalpel. The instrument has six degrees of freedom and re-creates the force-feedback of the real tool and the varying resistance of tissue in brain regions with differing toughness. Meanwhile, photo-realistic on-screen imagery shows the simulated surgery, including bleeding and pulsing gray matter.
Radiopaedia is the best radiology-related wiki and maybe the most comprehensive and active medical wiki as well. I’ve written about it many times, so it’s a pleasure to announce that the first Radiopaedia Radiology Teaching File is now available for download (free) from the itunes appstore.
50 central nervous system cases containing 170 images, questions and detailed text.
The next volume will be dedicated to the abdomen.
I’m not an iPhone user but thrilled by the huge number of unique medical applications designed for iPhone. For example, eRoentgen™ Radiology DX provides physicians with a fast way to determine which radiology test is best for a given patient.
By searching a large database of signs, symptoms and diagnoses, you can make quick and confident assessments as to which radiology exam is most appropriate. It has the following benefits:
Quality. By choosing the best test the first time around, the diagnosis is made quickly and accurately.
Safety. Imaging tests are not without risk. Unnecessary exams increase radiation exposure and expose patients to contrast materials without clear benefit.
Economy. Diagnostic imaging tests are very expensive. Inappropriate radiology testing represents a significant healthcare cost. Fewer 3rd party payor denials will reduce waste and diminish your administrative headaches.
Convenience. Using the elegant and simple iPhone user interface of eRoentgen™, the health care professional can easily and quickly determine the best imaging test while in the exam room.
Staying Current. Radiology is a vast and constantly – changing field. Keeping up with these changes is a daunting task. eRoentgen™ is an up-to-date, invaluable tool.
After weeks of preparation, Webicina, the first medical web 2.0 guidance service, published Radiology 2.0, a free comprehensive resource containing all the web 2.0 tools from quality blogs and communities to image collections and clinical cases that focus on radiology and nuclear imaging.
Please take a look at the table of contents:
Next week, we will release a Web 2.0 Guidance Package focusing on Weight Loss.
Until then, feel free to check other free Webicina content out: