May 2008

Voice Recognition Dictionary

Along the lines of Netter dictionary, one may also find useful a Voice Recognition to English dictionary. Apparently, "no" and "now" are the same word. Same goes for "3" and "20". Care to add any others? - Feel free to post yours on the forum.

January 2008

Netter Medical Dictionary

Writing Netter Medical Dictionary would be a good project for someone. Such dictionary would translate Netterisms into everyday medical jargon and vice versa. Everytime I try to look something up, Netter finds a way to call that particular part of anatomy different from the rest of us. Of course, Netter is likely to be anatomically correct. Facet joint is zygapophyseal joint. Still looking for the uncovertebral joint in Netter.

December 2007

Nobel prize for MRI controversy

Nobel prize for MRI controversy is actually quite interesting. One issue is that Damadian put human body into magnetic field, aligned the protons and then produced MR image. Apparently, the method he used was different from the method that Nobel prize winners used to produce their MR images. Out of all the websites out there, I did not find a single one yet that describes in detail what the sequence differences were. Some explain that Damadian's method used point by point data collection (took 4+ hours for the first scan). I really need to get my hands on the original articles...

MRI History

I am thinking about writing a little piece on MRI history. Damadian controversy comes to mind of course. Should one start there? Or, should MRI history start where proton was discovered. The only problem is that discovery of proton is not clear cut either. Discovery of nucleus (1911) is attributed to Rutherford. But, that discovery mainly dealt with positive charges being concentrated in small space - close enough, I guess... Then, there is electromagnetism and electromagnetic induction. How about Fourier transform. Or, should we talk about how people invented writing and math, since there would be no Fourier transform without old age merchants and tax collectors inventing a system of adding and subtracting. Sounds like an impossible task. However, when one compares the magnitude of this problem to delicate summary of human civilization in "Guns, Germs and Steel" by J. Williams or explanation of western ways by J.M. Roberts in "The Triumph of the West," it does not sound as bad.

Radiology Books

Pediatric Radiology Case Base by Seibert and James: excellent collection presented in a picture-findings-discussion type of format. The only drawback is that pictures for some cases are on two different pages, which makes it hard to review without seeing the answer.

Arthritis in Black and White by Brower: I wish they all were written like that. Concise text, numerous pictures that actaully show the findings talked about in text. I can't really think of any drawbacks.

How does AdSense count?

So, I am a little puzzled how AdSense calculates the page views. For a few months the AdSense was giving me the numbers that were similar to the number of hits my website was reporting. Then, all of a sudden I noticed that the AdSense numbers are way down - checked my stats everything is as usual. Looked into Adsense set-up and noticed that the code format has changed. The new style seems a little less cumbersome, so I updated everything with the new code style. The numbers have improved, but I am still not sure whether every page impression is actually counted by AdSense.

October 2007

My First Blog

The amount of time that people spend in front of their computers is enormous. In just over a decade we went from "What's internet?" to .biz, .info, .mobi and .whoknowswhat. Anyone is able to put together a website. Obviously, some people come up with more sophisticated designs than others. But, anyone can share their insight into some topic be it through a blog or through a forum. It is probably obvious to everyone that large publishers, search engines and internet service providers still manage to capture the majority of traffic and will probably continue being successful at it for quite some time.

One wonders, however, what would happen to scientific publishing once the new generation, which grew up on text messaging and blogging becomes the decision maker. In general, scientific publishing is focused on disseminating results of cutting edge research. A text file with a few graphs and pictures is usually sufficient to keep attention of the reader. So, perhaps glossy paper and shiny advertisements that support scientific publishers are not as important in research publishing as they are in the mainstream media. Thoughts on how this will affect peer review process, scientific merit and academic promotions are coming later...