“We Are Silently Irradiating Ourselves To Death.”

“… unless we change our current practices, 3 percent to 5 percent of all future cancers may result from exposure to medical imaging.”

CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear scan, PET scan – why not? Just to make sure.

An article in the New York Times noted: “ DESPITE great strides in prevention and treatment, cancer rates remain stubbornly high and may soon surpass heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States. Increasingly, we and many other experts believe that an important culprit may be our own medical practices: Of course, early diagnosis thanks to medical imaging can be lifesaving. But there is distressingly little evidence of better health outcomes associated with the current high rate of scans. There is, however, evidence of its harms.”

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Mount Sinai Global Women’s Health Visits the Dominican Republic

This year, the Mount Sinai Global Women’s Health team visited Botswana, Africa and the Dominican Republic. I had the privilege of being invited to my first Global Women’s Health mission in the Dominican Republic. The trip was extremely rewarding and successful. The team, led by the Director of Global Women’s Health, Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, assisted over 600 women in desperate need of care.

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Ultraportable Ultrasound Introduced to Medical Education Curriculum

Ultraportable Ultrasound Device made available to Icahn School of Medicine students and trainees

This article was written by Alexa Mieses, a first-year medical student, and first published in The Rossi: Medical Student Quarterly Report.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is known for innovation within the realms of patient care, research, and medical education. Training future physicians requires a commitment to progress, and the newest addition to the medical school’s curriculum is no exception: In the spring of 2013, handheld ultrasound will be introduced to enhance students’ and trainees’ clinical skills and generation of a differential diagnosis by reinforcing anatomic and physiologic principles.

Unlike traditional ultrasound, bedside ultrasound is performed at the point of care, not in an imaging suite. Handheld ultrasound – an even more recent technology – is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, with a screen roughly the size of a smart phone.  Compared to traditional ultrasound, these devices are more portable and less expensive, although the quality of image may be compromised.

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