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Sorcerers Apprentice: How Medical Imaging Is Changing Health Care

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Beschreibung

Many will remember the segment of ",The Sorcerer's Apprentice", in the Disney film Fantasia, it is a perfect metaphor for medical imaging as it stands today. This book combines an accessible look at present and emergingtechnologies with a cultural and political analysis of its impact on the health system and society.

Autorentext

Bruce J. Hillman, MD, is the Theodore E. Keats Professor of Radiology and Professor of Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia, and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American College of Radiology. Jeff C. Goldmith, PhD, is President of Health Futures, Inc. and Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia.



Klappentext

Many will remember the segment of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in the Disney film Fantasia; it is a perfect metaphor for medical imaging as it stands today. The apprentice magician tests his nascent skills at sorcery by bringing common household items to life and putting them to work. At first, things go well, but eventually he loses control, and chaos ensues. Medical imaging, too, could spin out of control. The benefits of imaging are undeniable. In the past thirty years, innovations like CT, MRI, and PET scanning have not only markedly reduced clinical risk for patients but have also transformed medical practice. Its costs, however, have grown explosively, to the point where imaging expenses have become a political issue. The aggressive adoption of imaging technology has raised issues about the role of inappropriate economic incentives and the role of defensive medicine in driving up medical costs. Radiologists have utilized imaging technology to transform their practice from a pure diagnostic discipline into a curative one. Radiologists are among the most successful knowledge workers in the entire economy, leveraging digital information technology and Internet connectivity to become the first global medical discipline. Imaging is poised to make a further quantum advance - into the workings of the human cell and the molecular biology of complex disease. Where is this remarkable technology, and the discipline which uses it, headed? How can society make the most responsible use of this powerful new tool? How will imaging and radiologists reshape medical practice? These questions will be answered by The Sorcerer's Apprentice.



Zusammenfassung
Many will remember the segment of The Sorcerers Apprentice in the Disney film Fantasia; it is a perfect metaphor for medical imaging as it stands today. The apprentice magician tests his nascent skills at sorcery by bringing common household items to life and putting them to work. At first, things go well, but eventually he loses control, and chaos ensues. Medical imaging, too, could spin out of control. The benefits of imaging are undeniable. In the past thirty years, innovations like CT, MRI, and PET scanning have not only markedly reduced clinical risk for patients but have also transformed medical practice. Its costs, however, have grown explosively, to the point where imaging expenses have become a political issue. The aggressive adoption of imaging technology has raised issues about the role of inappropriate economic incentives and the role of defensive medicine in driving up medical costs. Radiologists have utilized imaging technology to transform their practice from a pure diagnostic discipline into a curative one. Radiologists are among the most successful knowledge workers in the entire economy, leveraging digital information technology and Internet connectivity to become the first global medical discipline. Imaging is poised to make a further quantum advance - into the workings of the human cell and the molecular biology of complex disease. Where is this remarkable technology, and the discipline which uses it, headed? How can society make the most responsible use of this powerful new tool? How will imaging and radiologists reshape medical practice? These questions will be answered by The Sorcerers Apprentice.

Inhalt

Acknowledgments Introduction: The Sorcerer's Apprentice Chapter 1: The Most Important Physician You'll Never Meet Chapter 2: The Rise of Medical Imaging Chapter 3: Imaging's Leap to Curative Medicine Chapter 4: The Risks of Medical Imaging Examinations Chapter 5. Economic Consequences of Successful Innovation: The Imaging Boom Chapter 6: Digital Pioneers: Globalization and Corporatization Chapter 7: Red in Tooth and Claw - Moral Hazard and the Struggle for Control of Medical Imaging Services Chapter 8: Imaging to Screen for Life-Threatening Diseases - Its Promise and its Problems Chapter 9: The Future of Medical Imaging Chapter 10: Making the Best Use of Imaging's Expansive Toolbox

Produktinformationen

Titel: Sorcerers Apprentice: How Medical Imaging Is Changing Health Care
Untertitel: How Medical Imaging Is Changing Health Care
Autor:
EAN: 9780199780709
ISBN: 978-0-19-978070-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Medizin
Anzahl Seiten: 264
Veröffentlichung: 29.10.2010
Jahr: 2010
Untertitel: Englisch