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Thursday, April 26, 2007

(Neurosurgery. 60(5):E950-E951, May 2007.Ansari, Sameer A. M.D., Ph.D.; Lassig, Jeffrey P. M.D.; Nicol, Ewen M.S., P.A-C.; Thompson, B. Gregory M.D.; Gemmete, Joseph J. M.D.; Gandhi, Dheeraj M.D. )
This was a very intresting article in which the doctors were attempting to embolize this anuerism in the basilar artery. The were not able to do that but they put two Neuroform stents inplace. They found six weeks later after doing MRI and MRA's the pt. had developed a thrombis in the Anuerysm sac, and the vessel was very patent. A DSA Cerebral Arteriogram confirmed this at 12 months.
CONCLUSION: Overlapping Neuroform stents may induce spontaneous thrombosis of intracranial aneurysms and facilitate parent artery reconstruction through flow remodeling and stent endothelialization. Double stent placement may be a viable option in dissecting or fusiform intracranial aneurysms that are not amenable to open surgical treatment or endovascular coil embolization.(Source)

Medical devices that make like easier.

I-stat is a revolutionary hand held micro lab. I allows you to test lab values very quickly.

I have heard of many Radiology departments going to this device to check Creatine levels on their patients. Once a Creatine level is established you can go to to get a EGFR level on any patient. This is a great this for renal failure patients, with the new concerns of NSF and the managing renal insuficient pt.

The world’s first MRI-compatible surgical robot, unveiled today, is the creation of neurosurgeon Dr. Garnette Sutherland and his team. Dr. Sutherland has spent the last six years leading a team of Canadian scientists, in cooperation with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), to design a machine “that represents a milestone in medical technology.”
Quick, Cheap & Easy Bedside Diagnosis of Brain Injury
Infrascanner™is a hand-held, non-invasive, near-infrared (NIR) based mobile imaging device to detect brain hematoma at the site of injury. It is being tested in India and hasn't been aproved for use in the United States. It would be of great use in areas where there was not fast access to CT. The US navy has Invested over $1 million dollars in the product.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Imaging the renally impaired: NSF

This is a great video presented by a Dermatologist, a Nephrologist, and a Radiologist

It explaines the history of NSF, and give differential diagnosis of the disease. It also has some pictures of what the process looks like.


MRI Nueroarm Video