A couple of days ago, a young male, aged 22, was fitted with a new Advisa MRI safe pacemaker in the South West in the US. This is a state-of-the-art MRI-compatible pacemaker, which means he will be able to have an MRI scan in the future should he need one. This is not possible with an ordinary pacemaker, and there are different records of patients dying in the MR suite all over the world, because of the effects of the magnetic field on the pacemaker.
Those are good news to patients who have a pacemaker: the MR suite could now be open to them.

More information can be found at: http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/europe/content/article/113619/1570949


GE Healthcare is highlighting the need for earlier detection and treatment with its global initiative to mark the 10th anniversary of digital mammography. Read the whole article at


August 13, 2009

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Beautiful poem from Rudyard Kipling