Saturday, April 19, 2014

Radiology Joke- Not Satisfied with your report?

Radiology Joke: A patient complained to the radiologist, "I've been to three other doctors and none of them agreed with your diagnosis." The radiologist calmly replied, "Just wait until the autopsy, then they'll see that I was right."
Enough of clinicians judging our reports, we want to be checked only with the final confirmation. :-) :-)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Florbetapir (18F) AMYViD PET Scan

 Florbetapir (18F) (trade name AMYViD; also known as florbetapir-fluorine-18 or 18F-AV-45) is a PET scanning radiopharmaceutical compound containing the radionuclide fluorine-18, in 2011 FDA approved as a diagnostic tool for Alzheimer's disease. Florbetapir, like Pittsburgh compound B (PiB), binds to beta-amyloid, but due to its use of fluorine-18 has a half-life of 110 minutes, in contrast to PiB's radioactive half life of 20 minutes. Wong et al. found that the longer life allowed the tracer to accumulate significantly more in the brains of people with AD, particularly in the regions known to be associated with beta-amyloid deposits.

Friday, April 11, 2014

What do hotels and hospitals have in common?

According to a recent article in Surgical Neurology International, there are a number of key ways that hospitals can drive patient care improvements by borrowing best practices from the hotel industry. According to the article, Despite widely divergent public perceptions and goals, hotels and hospitals share many core characteristics. Both serve demanding and increasingly well-informed clienteles, both employ a large hierarchy of workers with varying levels of responsibility, and both have payments that are increasingly tied to customer/patient evaluations. 

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