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What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Stenosis comes from a Greek word that means “narrowing.” Lumbar Spinal Stenosis refers to a condition when the spinal canal and/or neuroforaminal become narrow and compress the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Compression of the cord/nerves causes inflammation and pain. If … Read More

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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

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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

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Medical Coder – A job I did not know about

One year ago I came across a job I was not aware of: “medical coder.” In Switzerland, but also in the US, medical reports, written by medical doctors in “natural medical language,” are translated by medical coders into a series … Read More

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Natural Language Interface for Databases

How to get your data without technical knowledge In this time of digitalization, it is quite safe to say that every company has some type of database. It could be a small database to store some contact information, or big … Read More

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Power BI and NLP against COVID-19

Italy has been experiencing a COVID19 pandemic emergency since February. Despite being a small province (about 300,000 inhabitants), Piacenza was one of the epicenters of the epidemic in Italy; Codogno, where the first Italian COVID-19 diagnosed patient lives, is just … Read More

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RSNA 2020: a mix of convenience and challenges

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting is the biggest and one of the most important meetings for radiologists in the world. In May 2020, RSNA decided to host this year’s meeting in an all-virtual format due to … Read More

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From back pain to computer issues

Fun with Language Working with natural language can be challenging and frustrating, but it can be a lot of fun too. Let me share my newest “fun with language” moment: Research is often done in English, and there are many … Read More

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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

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The Royal College of Radiologist (RCR) Digital Learning Programme 2020

The RCR Digital Learning Programme 2020 organized its first virtual learning program between 21 September and 9 October 2020. It delivered a variety of interactive two-hour sessions each day. The agenda of the program encompassed all of the RCR’s professional learning … Read More

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