Themed imaging suites

November 15, 2010

Any radiographer can tell how challenging is to image children. X-ray, CT or MR imaging scans require patient’s cooperation in order to get good images.This is not always easy. Children are specially difficult, mainly because they are scared of the whole procedure. Therefore different pediatric hospitals in the UK have started a new concept: the themed imaging suites.
According to Dana Etzel-Hardman, an advanced practice nurse in Children’s Hospital’s radiology department, a thematic room adds to the distraction techniques employed to try to increase productivity of the CT scanner and decrease the number of sedations required for the patients having CT exams. The number of children requiring sedation for a CT scan has declined and the waiting lists too.
Imaging vendors are now working together with children’s hospitals to create themed imaging suites. For more information, check the article aunt minnie


Researchers at Ohio State University are asking if maybe it’s time to add some color to MR. The idea is to look for ways to make the presence of disease obvious. It’s all about making disease stand out. They took inspiration from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who came up with a new hospital garb. A blush, they point out, stands out when surrounded by regular-colored skin. Pale skin, yellow skin, and blue skin (indicative of a lack of blood oxygen, for example, always good for a doc to notice) are more apparent if the patient’s healthy color is draped across it, according to them.
Therefore, at Ohio State University, they are at experimenting with nanoparticles that are both magnetic and fluorescent . These measure 20 nanometers across (for comparison’s sake, a sheet of paper is 100,000 nanometers thick) promise to enhance the appearance of tumors on MR scans, then light them up in green, for example, when the tumors themselves are exposed to black light during surgery.
This is just an idea with a long way to go before it becomes reality, but the seeds are there.

A MR scan of a whale…

November 16, 2009

So, I guess it is not the first animal that comes into your mind when you hear that it underwent a MR scan. Well, thanks to MR technology, a spot or abscess was found in the brain of ‘Dallas’. Check out the following link for more information:


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