Author Archives: Erika Greelish

The Worthy Work of Medical Annotators

After an entire childhood of being admonished that writing in books was NOT ALLOWED, I was pretty excited when a high school English teacher said we were going to be taking notes right in the pages of the novels we … Read More

Imaging Improves Prostate Screening and Treatment

According to Mayo clinic urologist Dr. Landon Trost, “If you’re a man…[and] you live long enough, you’re most likely to end up with prostate cancer at some point.” Improved Detection As with many other cancers, prostate cancer screening and diagnosis … Read More

Ultrasound: Then and Now

Unusual connections What do bats, Pierre Curie, and the Titanic have in common? They all played important roles in the development of ultrasound imaging technology. Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves higher than the upper audible limit of human hearing. The … Read More

The Value of Simulation in Medical Education

As she stared at the pale frog sprawled out before us, the look of wide-eyed horror on my lab partner’s face was incomprehensible to me. While I had no particular love of biology and certainly no overwhelming desire to dissect … Read More

The Inevitable Evolution of Medical Education

Remember floppy disks? I asked my 11-year-old son if he knew what a floppy disk was and was surprised that he did. His answer: “Basically, they’re a super old version of a USB.” Despite the fact that these days floppies … Read More

From Outer Space to Inner Spine: An Interview with an Astrophysicist Turned Data Scientist

It’s nearly 9:00am. Some members of the Balzano team are cradling coffee cups while carrying on socially distanced conversations. A working day for the data science team at Balzano starts with a collaborative “stand up” meeting where every team member briefly talks … Read More

Care and Feeding of a Neural Net

Despite the incredibly complex math and analytics behind the process, training a neural net has often been compared to teaching a toddler. Some commonalities: A steep learning curve. Even if you have some prior experience with children, or you’ve read … Read More

Six Degrees of Covid-19

By now, we’re all aware that Covid-19 symptoms vary widely from person to person, though doctors still aren’t sure why. Apart from age, what causes some people to have a mild case while others fight for their lives? It may … Read More

The Lexicon of Ligaments: Understanding Knee Injuries

PCL…Public Limited Company? Printer Control Language? Python Coding Layer? MCL and LCL? These are Roman numerals…right? If—like me–you’re not in the field of orthopedics, you might wonder what these abbreviations stand for. I was familiar with the letters ACL in … Read More

Yes, There Is a Code for That

Pecked by a turkey? There’s a medical code for that. Walked into a lamppost? There’s also a code for that. Burned by flaming water skis? Yep, there’s a code for that too. You Can’t Make This Stuff Up Most people … Read More