Saturday, February 27, 2016

The world is going ape S++T over the Zika virus.  Good reason.  Sonographers must be aware of the ultrasound ramifications of this disease.  Microcephaly.  The BPD, and head circumference is essential now.  We do not know how this disease will progress, or whether it is related to genetic issues.  Let's have a heads up now in the ultrasound community!  Here is a recent link:

"Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections."

Thank You CDC.


Health care as we know it has a dirty, dark side.  We all know it.  It is evident from the way we treat our indigents patients and can be traced to the white house.  I will post something I found on the net.  Something I found disgusting. I hope this issue is resolved soon.  Health care is something that comes from the heart of people who care for others that are sick.  It should never involve predators looking for a fix for a nasty fascination. 

"An ultrasound technician has been accused of going well beyond the scope of his clinical duties by fondling a patient’s breasts after she underwent an examination of her liver at Touro Infirmary last month.
Police arrested 43-year-old Gretna man Emmet Collins on a single count of sexual battery in connection with the incident. Collins’s attorney said he believes his client will be exonerated.
The woman told police that she had just finished having an ultrasound on her liver about 5 p.m. on Jan. 19 when the technician assisted her into her bed, made her lay back, removed the blanket from her chest and began fondling her breasts. The woman told police, according to the warrant, that “as the technician was doing this, he smiled, which made it seem awkward.”

Thanks Matt Sledge

Note:  there is no mention of the ultrasound technician being registered.

Be well, TJW

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Just Ducky

I took this photo last year.  It is grand, and you may want to click on it.  It is a JPEG, and the Blogger had issues with uploading it it because it was so large.  You can see ducks flying out of the way of a thunderstorm.  I tend to be a photographer in the moments when I am not tending to patients, and driving.  So many things are happening in U/S.  I do not think robotics will take over the ultrasound world.  There are too many variables in diagnostic ultrasound.  Just some thoughts on a Saturday afternoon.  Let's talk about the issues of robotics?  Shall we embrace this technology?  I think not.  It will always be up to a human to perform a sonogram, and interpret it it for the radiologist, or cardiologist. These doctors just put a rubber stamp on what we think.  My thoughts, TJW

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Presurfer: Pholisma Sonorae: A Strange Looking Flowering Plant

The Presurfer: Pholisma Sonorae: A Strange Looking Flowering Plant

This a strange, like the late Paul Harvey liked to say.  My buddy Gerard likes to post very interesting things on his blog  He and I share links.  What caused me to cross-post this link is the word "haustra"  In the medical world the haustra are organelles that help the intestines absorb nutrients in the intestine.  Explore the link to discover more.  TJW