Friday, August 01, 2014

Sea Turtles Get CT Done

CT scan is boon for injuries scanning even in Animals. Read this newspaer report about role of CT in injured Sea Turtles.

"Two injured sea turtles received special medical attention at an Outer Banks hospital. Sea turtles Vortex and Aquile checked into the Sentara Kitty Hawk outpatient campus to get a CT scan. Vortex's skull was fractured May of last year when he was struck by a propeller. Aquile lost part of her outer shell back in January after she suffered frostbite. "

Two Injured Turtles Receive CT Scans At Outer Banks Hospital
Updated: Thu 7:23 AM, Jul 31, 2014

IOM Report Calling For Medical Education Reform

Govt Spends $15 Billion to Train Incompetent Doctors - Fiscal Times Reports
"The government spends about $15 billion every year on physician training programs that a panel of highly respected medical experts says may not actually be producing quality doctors. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report this week concluding that the current system is failing and must be reformed."
They have made an interesting point and think of nations like ours (India) where we just copied the medical education system of the west, and with no metrics on how well the Doctors are being trained and are they actually justifying the public money spent on training.   But this calls for strong and paradigm shift decision making. When we were training we always felt that the system was way too much theoretical and we lacked actual practical skills required out of the physician at the time of passing out. 
 See more at: 

  1. Fiscal Times
  2. Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's Health Needs

People Change

All this while we all kept talking about adapting to the changing environment, changing climate or changing economy, while we forgot the most important change that is constant happening to us and around us. WE Change, People Change. We are not the same person that we were (say) 10 years back and changes to our SELF have been a result of numerous small & large experiences and events during this time frame. Why is this important to realize?
Because sometimes you may know a person at one stage of his/her life and then you keep correlating that person’s self with that initial image and then fail to understand them in their present self. This happens because you are trying to understand a changed person, through your impression of them which is now not valid. That is the essence of relationship building, personal and professional both, adaption to present self of the other people. Big organizations are created by people who keep adapting to new ‘self’ of the employees and clients, who are bound to change. How many times do you hear this complaint in offices and medical colleges that my boss still treats me like a newcomer. How many times you see young adults complaining that their parents still treat them like kids. Yes, people change, they acquire skills, confidence, experience of loss /wins and they gradually change into a new self, adaption to which is an important life skill. Let’s not always become biased by the past image that you had formed initially and learn to see people as they are in their present.
You may choose to see them through your “green” glasses.
People change. Circumstances change.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Retrocaval Ureter-Teaching Video

Retrocaval ureter is a rare cause of hydronephrosis. Its rarity and non-specific presentation pose a challenge to surgeons and radiologists in making the correct diagnosis.

Luftsichel Sign-CXR Teaching Video

Here is a teaching video of CXR sign. The Luftsichel sign is seen in some cases of left upper lobe collapse and refers to the frontal chest radiographic appearance due to hyperinflation of the superior segment of the left lower lobe interposing itself between the mediastinum and the collapsed left upper lobe.   

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