Week 7

Hi everybody! This was a pretty uneventful week, mostly because I had no one to talk to. Because of this, I realized that I could work at my own pace and have total control over what I'm doing. While the programing work is coming along slowly (technical difficulties), I spent a lot of time doing more research on prostate cancer and general MRI protocols. I also reviewed a bunch of MRI scan images to try to improve my ability to identify certain biomarkers, particularly suspicious abnormalities. Interestingly, one of the prostate MRI cases required special permission to access.

I also realized that I haven't really described my workplace yet. I have an entire room to myself, the Physics Lab conference room, where I usually go on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. It was recently renovated with the addition of new desks and computers. It also has a bunch of comfortable desk chairs and cool research posters taped to the walls. To describe the place better, I'll remember to share a photo of it next week.

Because of my frequent presence in the area, some of the hospital staff and patients in radiology are beginning to recognize me, probably because there's a lot of traffic around my room. The room I work in is down the hallway from the MRI machine, the X-ray rooms, and the patient dressing rooms. As part of the preparation process, patients must dress in hospital gowns, which are completely made of cotton. This is because normal clothing usually has metallic parts that could create interference. Below is the closest thing I could find to the Mayo Clinic gowns:


In my post next week, I'll put in more specific information about my programming progress. I'm still figuring some things out, so there was nothing interesting to put in this post yet. The main thing that I had questions about was the structure of the database, like what data to collect first, from where, how to organize it, etc. I eventually decided to focus on collecting information about the image series first, since that was something that I was greatly curious about. What image series are most commonly used, what images are associated with them, and how are they used?



Comments

  1. Hi Anthony,
    It's so cool that people are beginning to recognize you around the hospital. I look forward to hearing more about your project and the different programs you use. Good luck this week
    Shiza

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  2. Hey Anthony! It looks like your project is coming along nicely! What made you focus on focusing on collecting information about the images first? If you didn't pick that what would you have picked to focus in on?

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  3. Hi Anthony! Your workplace seems really awesome. Will you be looking into the structure of the database next week in any specific way?

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  4. Hi Anthony. It must be nice having an entire room to yourself! I am excited to hear people are staring to recognize you around the hospital. How difficult is it to identify abnormalities in the MRI scans? I look forward to next week!
    Zafeerah Sheikh

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  5. Thank you Anthony! Your workplace is pretty spacious! Also, could you explain what technical difficulties you are having? I hope the difficulties would be resolved and you can continue your interesting project! Thank you!

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  6. Hey Anthony. Cool place you got there. We're there any unique feelings you got when you first arrived and are there any other special conditions besides the clothing?

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  7. Hello Anthony! I can't wait to see what you do with CNN's. Also, if you use a conference room to work in, do you need to leave when other people need to use it?

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  8. Hey Anthony! Glad to hear you're finally getting some recognition. Besides the obvious ones, what kind of setbacks have you been facing in your programming work?

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  9. Anthony, my comment was deleted somehow (I posted it twice accidentally and may have deleted it twice). Here it is again with minor modifications: everyone has slow weeks, but often they give you a chance to plan things out.

    And because my question from the previous week was not answered, I copied and pasted it here: “Confidentiality is an important part of my work, and I imagine yours as well. When you receive the radiologist reports, do you have access to the patient's name/other identifying information? Do the patients know that their reports are enabling your research, or does Mayo Clinic have another policy?"

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