Saturday, 21 December 2013

Do you know what radiologists do?

I hope you are all having a peaceful stress-free final Saturday before Christmas! At this time of year I look back and think about what I have achieved in the previous 12 months and start planning what I want to achieve in the year ahead.

One of my main aims for 2014 is to increase the content on my website/blog. I would really like to increase public awareness of what it is that us radiologists actually do. Radiology or scanning is one of the most important parts of modern medicine, but many patients don't know a great deal about types of scans or what the scanners are capable of doing. So I'm going to put some effort into trying to showcase what we can do and why it matters. Radiology is an incredibly visual specialty, so instead of boring with you long essays, I'll share as many interesting images as possible. 

Friday, 20 December 2013

Can you guess which brand of clothes this man wants for Christmas?

There is no part of the human body that can't be seen using any of the multiple different types of scanners that we use in radiology. But sometimes we can also gather a great deal of information about what is outside of the body.

This particular gentleman had a liking for sportswear by a certain German manufacturer.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Tonight I "Beamed" into RSNA from home

I haven't gone to RSNA this year, but tonight I was lucky enough to spend an hour and a half with the Philips team, courtesy of an amazing piece of technology called Beam

If you haven't seen this yet, the easiest way to describe it is that it's a robot on wheels with a camera, display and sound system, which can be used to "beam" yourself into a remote location. It's a bit like Facetiming or Skyping with someone but instead of the other person using a tablet or laptop, they chat to you using the Beam. So for example, you can attend meetings, tour remote locations, or visit conferences like I did tonight. The full spec of Beam is listed in detail on the website of the company behind it, Suitable Technologies, and this is a video from their YouTube channel:

Set up was easy; it installed on my Macbook within 2 minutes and logging in is a breeze. When I first logged in, I found myself in a strange corner of McCormick Place, the gargantuan conference centre that RSNA is held in every year. Sam from Philips soon rescued me and guided me to the Philips booth. Navigation of Beam is fairly straightforward using the arrow and shift keys, but I did find myself bumping into people quite a lot! We had 2 dropped connections but they were resolved very quickly. I could zoom in and out, and pan the display. There are 4 of these at RSNA but I believe that mine was the only one in use tonight.

This is what my view was with Beam (Sam and Mary-Jayne from Philips):