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Medical Imaging Presentation Ideas

  1. Nov 13, 2015 #1
    Hello, I am wondering if the boards can reccomend any topics of medical imaging in healthcare.

    I have to make a presentation on the topic and write a paper. The paper must only be sourced from peer reviewed articles or government statistics. So it should be realitvely well known. I believe the instructor is looking for about ten sources. The paper+presentation must justify why the field should be further researched & I am to suggest a way to improve upon the technology. Of course, I mean an area of research that may improve the discipline.

    I also can not present on the same topic as another student and topics are first come first serve. I would really like to pick soon before all the good topixs are gone.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Nov 13, 2015 #2

    berkeman

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    Welcome to the PF.

    What medical imaging modalities are you familiar with? Which ones have research ongoing to improve them? What kind of improvements are they looking for? :smile:

    I can think of a relatively new imaging technology that a lot of people aren't aware of, and it's pretty neat. Not sure how much there is in the peer-reviewed literature about it yet, but there probably are still some articles about it...
     
  4. Nov 13, 2015 #3
    We have breifly breifly covered in class, HDR & LDR Bracheotherapy, PET, Flouroscopy. Thats about it. Those questions are ones I would adress in the paper - No?
     
  5. Nov 13, 2015 #4

    berkeman

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    Brachytherapy isn't really an imaging modality, is it? :smile:

    And yes, those are the types of questions you should address in your paper, but I was trying to get a feel for what research you've done so far on your project. You didn't mention many other imaging modalities in your list of what you have studied in class so far. You haven't covered X-rays or CAT or MRI imaging yet? Nothing about ultrasound yet? Echocardiograms? What reading have you done on other medical imaging modalities?
     
  6. Nov 13, 2015 #5

    berkeman

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    BTW, one of the themes of the PF is that we "Help students learn how to learn". That's why we are not just giving you lots of suggestions yet about your paper. You need to do some work and show your efforts here in order to get out (great) tutorial help. :smile:
     
  7. Nov 15, 2015 #6
    Sounds fair, I am saying outright I probably will not get around to doing any research until Monday. Expect a reply by Tuesday when I plan on having my topic selected
     
  8. Nov 15, 2015 #7
    Sorry I didn't realize you had added two posts. To answer your question, X-rays yes but no to the rest listed. We also covered PET. The class is a second year class for non-physics majors, so its pretty basic. Also, the paper/presentation can be about physics in medicine not just physics in imaging. (My bad). Bracheotherapy just happened to be one topic I was considering.
     
  9. Nov 15, 2015 #8

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    The Force is strong with you.... :smile:

    The novel imaging technology that I referred to is IR imaging of a patient's (Pt's) veins and arteries to help with starting IVs. I can look for a good link if you don't find it with a web search...
     
  10. Nov 16, 2015 #9
    There is a useful overview at; http://www.foresight.org/Conference/MNT8/Papers/Flitman/index.html But within the subject area there are potentially lots of issues to focus on. You would need to decide the direction of your presentation in order to search effectively for specific studies. If you can narrow your interests down and do a quick search you will get an idea of the sort of things in the literature, I would suggest avoiding the subjects that appear to have very little published work. A popular area is much easier to address as you can use the literature as a model for your own presentation. Have you looked for presentations that are already available on the web as power point files they can give you some ideas. Hope this helps.
     
  11. Nov 16, 2015 #10
    Thanks Guys,

    I am going to have to talk to my prof once more about topics as I'm picky and an still having trouble selecting. Berkeman, good idea, the flaw i saw in it is that some study suggested traditional palpation is more effecting than illuminating, but that doesn't mean I can't take the "endless possibilities" angle to help justify funding it.

    The profs conditions really are what's making it difficult-ish. One of the hits in google news for imaging was a mobile CMUT (capcitor micromachined ultrasound transducer) which was very interesting but it didn't have the 10 papers (since 2009) behind it.

    Should I tip-toe around these conditions?
     
  12. Nov 17, 2015 #11

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  13. Nov 17, 2015 #12
    Thanks,

    I proposed a topic today. It was modified by my professor to be thermal acousitic imaging; thermal acoustic imaging with microwave radiation to improve contrast. I apologize Ygggdrasil, I didn't get a chance to check out flouresence guided surgery before my classes today.

    Thanks again,
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