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Advances in Medical Imaging

Medical imaging is an important healthcare topic that impacts physicians in all specialties. Understanding the recent dramatic advances in imaging technology, and their impact on clinical practice is essential for healthcare providers. Advances in Medical Imaging will provide the latest information on imaging topics from renowned experts in the field.

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Treating Adenomyosis: Alternatives to Hysterectomy

Guest: James B. Spies, MD Host: Jason Birnholz, MD It's not uncommon for women to report experiencing menstrual changes after having given birth two or more times. These changes include shorter cycles, increased cramping, and heavier bleeding, at times with clots. Such changes are hallmark signs of adenomyosis. Definitive diagnosis of adenomyosis can be made easily with MRI or ultrasound, but are there therapeutic options from interventional radiology as well? If so, can these methods replace hysterectomy? Dr. James Spies, professor of radiology at Georgetown University and chairman of the department of radiology at Georgetown University Medical Center, joins host Dr. Jason Birnholz to resolve these questions.

30 Jan 2009

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Echocardiography in a Heartbeat

Guest: Mani Vannan, MBBS Host: Jason Birnholz, MD Dr. Mani Vannan, professor of clinical internal medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, reports how the latest ultrasound technology has dramatically improved echocardiography by enabling the acquisition of a full volume image in one heartbeat. In addition, the new technology of the ultrasound equipment produces meaningful output information from the image. Dr. Vannan also explains to host Dr. Jason Birnholz the practical implications these enhancements have in terms of diagnosing cardiovascular conditions and enhancing workflow productivity.

5 Sep 2008

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Ultrasound in the Evaluation of Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

Host: Beverly Hashimoto, MD Guest: Dawna Kramer, MD Although most abnormal vaginal bleeding is caused by hormone imbalance, it can be indicative of polyps, myomas, and cancers of the cervix and endometrium. Dr. Dawna Kramer, a radiologist within the department of radiology, ultrasound section at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, discusses with host Dr. Beverly Hashimoto several ultrasound techniques, including sonohysterography, for determining the cause of post- and pre-menopausal vaginal bleeding.

14 Aug 2008

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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Applications

Guest: Sharlene Teefey, MD Host: Beverly Hashimoto, MD Ultrasound images of the musculoskeletal system provides pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body. Dr. Sherry Teefey, associate professor of radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, discusses with host Dr. Beverly Hashimoto some of the common uses for this procedure. Dr. Teefey also discusses the application of musculoskeletal ultrasound in conjunction with aspiration or injection. Tune in to hear the benefits and limitations of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound.

20 Jan 2009

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Utility of 3-D Ultrasound Volume Imaging in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Host: Beverly Hashimoto, MD Guest: Beryl Benacerraf, MD More than amazing images, the utility of three dimensional ultrasound images in obstetrics is expansive, according to guest Dr. Beryl Benacerraf, director of obstetrical ultrasound at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Benacerraf and host Dr. Beverly Hashimoto talk about the ability of volume imaging to capture an image of the uterus from a coronal view, a view that is critical for assessment but could not be obtained through traditional portals of entry prior to 3-D imaging. Dr. Benacerraf also illuminates the diagnostic benefits of other display modalities permitted by volume imaging, such as surface renderings and tomographic cuts.

26 Sep 2008

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Breast Cancer Screening: Improved Readings With Computers

Guest: Fiona Gilbert, MD, MBChB, DMRD Host: Jason Birnholz, MD Dr. Fiona Gilbert, Roland Sutton Chair of Radiology at University of Aberdeen Institute of Medical Sciences, discusses her research findings that showed that the rate of breast cancer detection by two experts reading a mammogram was the same as one expert aided by a computer. Dr. Gilbert explains to host Dr. Jason Birnholz that, unlike in the United States, it is normal practice in the United Kingdom for two trained readers to examine mammograms. Tune in to hear how computer-aided detection is likely to improve breast cancer detection in those countries where a single reader is used, as well as improve efficiencies in countries that require two readers. 

9 Dec 2008

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Rationales for Uterine Artery Embolization for Fibroids

Host: Jason Birnholz, MD Guest: James B. Spies, MD Host Dr. Jason Birnholz and Dr. James Spies, professor of radiology at Georgetown University and chairman of the department of radiology at Georgetown University Medical Center, look at fibroid tumors- their incidence and treatment. They discuss the populations in which there is a high prevalence, as well as genetic factors and the basics of interventional radiology protocol.

30 Jan 2009

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Pediatric Musculoskeletal Infections: The Role of MRI

Guest: J. Herman Kan, MD, FACR Host: Jason Birnholz, MD Pre-treatment MRI can eliminate unnecessary diagnostic or surgical procedures for children with suspected musculoskeletal infections. Host Dr. Jason Birnholz and Dr. J. Herman Kan, assistant professor of radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, specializing in pediatric and adolescent radiology, discuss the application of MRIs and the results of his recent study which showed that a significant number of surgeries could be avoided with early MRI evaluation. Tune in to hear the valuable role MRI plays in the evaluation of musculoskeletal infection. 

21 Jan 2009

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Radiological Services in the Third World

Guest: Sharlene Teefey, MD Host: Beverly Hashimoto, MD Dr. Sherry Teefey, professor of radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, discusses with host Dr. Beverly Hashimoto her experience in Bhutan and Uganda, teaching medical professionals how to use ultrasound and computed tomography and enhancing current techniques. Tune in to hear the challenges to providing imaging services in these countries and the future goals to introduce new modalities and improve radiological services in third world countries.

20 Jan 2009

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Ultra-Portable Ultrasound in the Critical Care Unit

Guest: Eyal Herzog, MD, FACC Host: Jason Birnholz, MD So small, it is called the ‘pocket ultrasound,' Dr. Eyal Herzog, director of the cardiac care unit at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, discusses with host Dr. Jason Birnholz the results of his research on the handheld portable ultrasound unit in the cardiac care department. Dr. Herzog reports no significant differences in image quality compared to the larger, high-end machine. The portability of the handheld has the capacity to improve care by increasing the speed at which we can assess critically ill patients.

12 Sep 2008

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