Thursday, August 17, 2006

Sharing some pictures

One night that we were playing cards and watching TV downstairs in Olin Hall (dorms), Jan took my camera and took pictures of the moment.

Here are the pictures, sorry for those that didn't want that everybody look at their picture. But remember that I didn't take it!

This is my favorite one, Julius and Christine seem so worried about their game! it is just dominos!


Thank You

The time pass very quick and my immerse term at the hospital in NYC is over. Following very close the physician and observing how things work in the clinic was a unique experience. Finally, I want to give thanks to all the people that make me feel part of the hospital team. I have to say that all the people that I found was very friendly and helpful.

From the neuropathy center, special thanks to Dr. Howard Sander, my assigned physician for accept me in the clinic, share his time and knowledge. To the other doctors on the clinic Brannagan III, Thomas H. Chin, Russell L., who were always glad to answer all my questions. Malena, the EMG-technician, for make me easier my stay in the clinic, and orienting me about things that I need specially for my project.

From the HSS thank to the doctors that allow us to attend the operations in the HSS, and their efforts explaining us even though they were in the middle of the surgery. Thank to the nurses that try to explain us what is happening on the operation room, also thank to the nurses that were nice and offered us a coffee or a cookie while we were waiting on the lounge.. Special thanks to Suzanne Maher, who was the one that schedule all the surgeries and orient us in anything that we needed. Dr. Wright who coordinated the implant project. Dr. Alejandro de la Valle, that was very kind to share his time to explain me about hip implants.

Thanks to Rachel, who coordinates the social activities. To Belinda that even though she was far she was very efficient and helped me. And Dr. Yi Wang for organizing the program, his efforts to making it a nice experience, and taking care of us. And, of course the BME department who plan this program.

Finally, my classmates with who I passed great times.

Thank You!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Final Week

What a six weeks it was. The final week was filled with giving a presentation to Dr. Wright's lab group on my case study that I described in the fifth week blog. In addition, I spent time with Dr. Potter obtaining an MRI of the lumbar spine from which I can segment the Intervertebral Disc. The picture above is a sample of the segmented IVD obtained from the MRI images. It became quit apparent during the obtaining of the MRI images that obtaining segmenation data was not a simple process when dealing with the lumbar spine. Many issue were incurred due to poor SNR and much of the resolution was lost when the voxel size was increased to obtain better SNR for segmenting purposes. However, the image of the disc is encouraging for these techniques to be possible.

As my final bussiness on this blog I would like to thank all the physicians who gave there time to help me through these six weeks with a listing of all those involved. Thanks to everyone listed below for an unforgetable learning experience!

Hollis Potter, MD
Mathias Bostrom, MD
Robert Marx, MD
James Farmer, MD
Russell Warren, MD
Timothy Wright, PhD
Suzanne Maher, PhD

Sunday, August 13, 2006

My last week

From the respect of my project the biggest discovery was that there were already several similar patents on pretty much exactly the heater than I wanted to make. The three examples I found were:
As it seemed the main reason Dr. Tewari wanted to build the heater was for patenting the idea I am unsure if I will be going ahead with putting together one, although it should be more clear within the next few days.

Also I attended a robotic prostatectomy symposium put on at the medical school by Dr. Tewari, along with several other people in urology. The talks varied greatly in how good they were, but the bad ones were made worth it to watch a room full of doctors either laugh, or squirm in response to the MIT robotics professor claiming that within 50 years surgeons will be obsolete because robots will be capable of independently doing everything they currently do. That lead to me having a rather odd conversation with a doctor claiming that it was better to think of a person as "an energy field" rather than these modern scientific methods. While I mostly smiled and nodded, this really shocked me. I would have only expected such a reaction from a alternative health person, not a doctor.

I should finish by thanking Dr. Ash Tewari and, his residents, in particular Kevin and Dan, for letting me follow them around and observe a wide range of surgeries. This is one of the best places for an engineering student to be for the simple reason that here is the products of the best engineering, being used by some of the best medical professionals in the world. Seeing this really gives you a better insight into why we go through so much pain to learn about such abstract concepts. These concepts really do lead to improved technology that betters the lives of people.
At the same time this is a very new, hastily put together world. If things as simple as a heater to clean there lens are not in common use, then it is particularly clear that there is huge room for improvements to this technology.