Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Acute Middle East Respiratory Syndrome: CXR

According to an article by Karuna M. Das et al in AJR Authors reviewed Chest radiographs of 33 patients and 22 Health care workers  infected with MERS-CoV.

Key takeaway points: 

  • Chest radiographic scores were estimated after dividing each lung into three zones. The scores (1 [mild] to 4 [severe]) for all six zones per chest radiographic examination were summed to provide a cumulative chest radio-graphic score (range, 0–24). Serial radiographs were also examined to assess for radiographic deterioration and progression from type 1 (mild) to type 4 (severe) disease. 
  • They concluded Ground-glass opacity was the most common abnormality followed by consolidation. 
  • The mean chest radiographic score for deceased patients was significantly higher than that for those who recovered; in addition, higher rates of pneumothorax, pleural effusion, and type 4 radiographic progression were seen in the deceased patients compared with those who recovered.

Acute Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus: Temporal Lung Changes Observed on the Chest Radiographs of 55 Patients. Karuna M. Das, Edward Y. Lee, Suhayla E. Al Jawder, Mushira A. Enani, Rajvir Singh, Leila Skakni, Nizar Al-Nakshabandi, Khalid AlDossari, and Sven G. Larsson. American Journal of Roentgenology 0 0:0W1-W8 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Penang Musculoskeletal Course Update

Let me inform my readers about an excellent course on MSK imaging in Penang with Dr John George, flyer is attached. Because of the quality of hands on in this course, seats are limited. This is a RCR accredited course for CPD credits.

Strongly recommended.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What if?

He has had a busy life. Never really had the time to think about anything. Had just boarded his flight to next important assignment. As soon as the flight attendants announced, He stood up to take out his laptop. Began typing his next presentation. Side by side, he was answering his emails on his system. He had all the time in life to all he wanted to do. He wanted to conquer the world to say the least.
Then, suddenly plane started to quiver, bad weather, he mumbled without even looking up. Then, it became more and more shaky. People started to shout.
He looked around in a brief moment, he thought was this it? What about all the things he had wanted to do in this life. Things he had been postponing. Everything he was doing seemed futile. He wanted another chance from the beginning. He felt regret. Life felt wasted.
Captain's voice broke his chain of thoughts. Plane was in control now. He was alive. He looks around. People around him were faceless people again. Talking, eating and creating familiar unintelligible noise.
Then, he thought to himself,"what should be the background color for the next slide on his PowerPoint presentation ...

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sense of Entitlement

Scene 1: He was driving down the mad rush. It was very crowded today. Life in general was very busy. He was honking non stop. All of a sudden an autorickshaw hit the side of his fancy car. He lost of cool. Came out and abused. He caught hold of the driver and hit him hard. What the…. He was entitled to drive on road, how dare some one block his way.
Scene 2: She was standing in queue in the airline and flight was announced as delayed. She snapped. How dare they… She started abusing the ground staff. As if it was in their control.
Scene 3: He came for a job interview, he knew all about the pay scale he was entitled to. But, skill and knowledge, he didn’t say much. He has a degree and he is entitled to a particular salary scale.

Today is the era of the entitlement, people strongly believe they are entitled to the services and benefits; they are brash about it. Everyone seems to know their entitlements and none seems to know how what they are supposed to do.

May be we are overcrowded.

But, gone is the generation of gratitude & humility, we have become an era of the entitled. 

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