Monday, June 6, 2011

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Google Body Browser

Google has released an incredible anatomy viewer for free! It is fully searchable, and can run on any computer with a WebGL-enabled internet browser (including the latest version of Google Chrome). More information about the Google Body Browser can be found here, and more info about downloading Chrome can be found here.

Google Body Browser

Saturday, October 16, 2010

One Russian Hospital in Utorgosh

From the original article:
Utorgosh is a hardly noticeable small town in the Novgorod region. It only has a few enterprises, local government, a school, and, of course, a hospital.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Anatomical Rorschach #4

Is this a weird skin lesion or just a sand dune on Mars?

Monday, September 6, 2010

1000 Awesome Things. #988: Echocardiography

The ability to listen to the heart as it beats or to feel its reverberations across the chest wall has been around for the last thousands of years. Never has it been visualized. With the advent of ultrasound and its applications to almost all anatomy, you finally have the ability to see into the heart as it moves. No matter how careful your auscultation, it will never come close to the accurate diagnostic capability of seeing and measuring the heart's structures and the flow of blood through it.

You have a view of our most basic function that man has been wanting for millennia.


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(Image from Wikipedia)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

1000 Awesome Things. #989: Getting an A-line

How can you possibly rely on your visual sense to point a needle at something which you can not see? Welcome to the wonderful world of arterial line placement where tactile aiming is king. Extend the wrist, feel that pulse, and stab in the dark. A bright flash is all you need to know you hit the bullseye. Be careful and holster those two digits of yours, you're a sharpshooter now.


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(Image from Gare and Kitty via Flickr)

1000 Awesome Things. #990: Nailing your first intubation

After dozens of successful intubations on mannequins, now is your chance to prove yourself on a real patient. Push the propofol and vecuronium, scissor-finger between the teeth, slide the laryngoscope blade in, pull forward, check out those beautiful cords, and push the tube through. It's your first patient. It's your first true intubation. You feel like a pro, but you know you'll need thousands more to be approved as a professional. That doesn't matter, because you know you're gonna love every chance you get.


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(Image from Brian McDowell via Flickr)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Heads-up Displays in Anesthesiology

There are plenty of comparisons between anesthesiology and aviation, but you can add yet another: the heads-up display (HUD).

In the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia is an article titled "Monitoring with Head-Mounted Displays in General Anesthesia: A Clinical Evaluation in the Operating Room" (PDF), which showed an increased amount of time clinically monitoring the patient and surgical field and a decreased amount of time viewing the awkwardly-placed anesthesia workstation. Further research is planned to determine if this technology will actually improve anesthesiologist O.R. performance.

Example of the display shown below:

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Medicine in Media: Multioptipupilloptomy and Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES)

Some say that natural-orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is a brand-new advancement in minimally-invasive surgery, but I think the idea was known for decades and was inspired by the 1991 movie "Hot Shots". Besides pioneering transrectal minimally-invasive surgery, the movie also was the forefront of the treatment for walleye vision with the multioptipupilloptomy procedure.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Plush toy hearts and lungs and even venereal microbes

Absolutely bizarre. Who would want to buy these things? If it tickles your fancy, you can get them here.

If you are interested in something more benign, check out the human organ plush toys here.

Other various microbes here.

Putting Physics to Work: Boosting Wireless Antenna Signal with Box Reflector

When you live in the middle of nowhere, such as Russia or some Chicago suburbs, you don't have many options for broadband internet. Thankfully, Clear rolled-out their 4g WiMax network in Chicagoland last November, and so I was finally able to make the switch from dial-up internet.

However, it wasn't the best reception, displaying only 1-2 bars. I tried making parabolic dishes with some success, but overall it was cumbersome. The most effective and efficient solution was a box reflector (PDF).

A simple cardboard box, aluminum foil, and tape. Just 10 minutes later, the modem displayed 4/5 bars compared with 1-2/5 bars!

Displayed modem: Motorola CPEi 150

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

1000 Awesome Things. #991: Last Question of Step 2 CK

Yet another Most Important Test of Your Life. The USMLE Step 2 CK is the test of all the 3rd year clinical knowledge of pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, surgery, ob/gyn, family medicine, internal medicine. Your eyes are tired, your head hurts. But it is so worth it. You can walk out of that test center with your head held high. Two exams left, and you're a licensed physician.


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(Image from The Doctr via Flickr)

1000 Awesome Things. #992: Robbins Pathology

It is the legendary 1500 page textbook of second-year medical students. You don't know why you spent the money on it as the raw size shouted impossibility and demanded enslavement. Idealism caught you off-guard.

The masterpiece of all that is grossly or microscopically wrong with the human body read like frozen molasses which thawed gradually through the third successive completion. By the sixth reading it was the sweet nectar of knowledge. And completely worth the tireless devotion.


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(Image from rula via Flickr)

1000 Awesome Things. #993: First Birth

You were born once, but does it count as a first? You were zero at the time and don't remember it. In the mean time, you've gone from zero to hero: you're a third-year medical student on your obstetrics and gynecology rotation ready to catch flying babies, just like the third-year who was in on your own birthday. You have been patiently waiting for this moment ever since you decided to become a physician. The moment came after so many years, and the moment passed like the blink of an eye. Amniotic fluid spraying everywhere, blood shooting out, a cry pierces the air. Your vision blurred with the stinging sensation of tears welling up.

This is a miracle of life, and you were a part of it.


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(Image from Mwesigwa via Flickr)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

1000 Awesome Things. #994: First Day of Fourth Year

These are the days of bright hope for the future, the days where you can see your pre-med school dreams come to life, the days free from the constant stress of shelf exams. These are the days to enjoy before the onslaught of residency, the days where you can finally and blissfully recover from the last 2,555.

This is the final year, the fourth year, the year that M1s heard rumors about but never believed could exist. It's finally here.


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(Image from PaperPariah via Flickr)

1000 Awesome Things. #995: Finishing 2200+ Practice Questions

You paid $99 for one-month of online practice questions for the USMLE Step 2 CK exam, and you knew the race was on to finish all 2200+ questions before time expired. The first five-hundred questions questioned your sanity, and the one-thousandth answer questioned your competency.

But you finally did it! You conquered the Mount Everest of practice questions, and you're as happy as those multi-racial-multi-gender white-coat-wearing USMLEWorld models.


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Food MRI

MRI of a tomato shown above.

Fantastic website with several examples of MRIs of foods.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

How Blood is Donated in Russia

It's not true that in Russia, blood donates you.

See more about it on the "English Russia" blog a here.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010