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2014 June

17 Jun

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The Radiologist Selfie

June 17, 2014 | By |

The “selfie”, a socially shared digital self-portrait has proliferated in the past few years with the introduction of photo-sharing sites like Instagram and Facebook.  According to Wikipedia, “By 2013, the word “selfie” had become commonplace enough to be monitored for inclusion in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. In November 2013, the word “selfie” was announced as being the “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary, which gave the word itself an Australian origin.”

It therefore seems fitting that Radiologists (or perhaps even the X-Ray Technologists) would want to take a selfie of their own, using a medium that they’re most comfortable with.

Radiologist Selfie

Radiologist Selfie

(We of course wouldn’t ever suggest taking a picture like this, as it goes against every principle of maintaining the lowest radiation dose possible.  It would seem there is no medically relevant reason for an image like this.  We’d hope that this was a great photoshop job created for amusement and entertainment only.) 

13 Jun

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Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

June 13, 2014 | By |

You might remember the WestJet Christmas Miracle video that left us all with big smiles last year – WestJet is back with another heart-warming tale in time for Father’s Day.

Partnering with the Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton they’ve put together a wonderful surprise for one family that will warm your heart.

From all of us here at Pureform & PureKids Radiology; have a wonderful Fathers Day weekend, everyone.

09 Jun

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Unusual X-Rays

June 9, 2014 | By |

Turns out photographer David Maisel isn’t the only artist who enjoys using x-rays to create wonderfully detailed prints of unusual objects.  We came across an article that documents how artist Nick Veasey uses X-Rays to image larger-than-life objects, including that massive Boeing 777 at the top of this post.

Nick uses a custom concrete structure he calls the “Black Box” to safely contain the radiation when exposing his uniquely massive objects.

We like his take on why he has chosen to use X-Ray as his medium of choice:

“I love the medium because in an often superficial world, it strips away all the superficial skin of the subject and concentrates on what it’s made from.”

You can find Nick’s new book X-Ray: See Through the World Around You on Amazon, and read the full Fast Company article here.

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05 Jun

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Peering inside ancient objects using X-Ray

June 5, 2014 | By |

Turns out that X-Rays – most commonly used to see inside the body – can be used to create brilliant pieces of art.  Photographer David Maisel, best known for his aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites, gives us a glimpse into the past with his work “History’s Shadow“.

From David’s own description on the works (which can be found here):

Rendering three dimensions into two is at the heart of the photographic process. With the x-ray, this sense is compounded, since it maps both the inner and outer surfaces of its subject. The mysterious images that result encompass both an inner and an outer world, as the two-dimensional photographs bring us into a realm of indeterminate space, depth, and scale. The x-ray has historically been used for the structural examination of art and artifacts much as physicians examine bones and internal organs; it reveals losses, replacements, methods of construction, and internal trauma that may not be visible to the naked eye. The resulting prints ofHistory’s Shadow make the invisible visible, and express through photographic means the shape-shifting nature of time itself, and the continuous presence of the past contained within us.

05 Jun

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Airdrie Power Outage

June 5, 2014 | By |

June 5, 2014 11:40AM: A pole transformer has caught fire behind our clinic.  Electricity to our facility has terminated, and we are unable to perform any exams at this time.

We do not have an estimated time to recovery, but will update as more information becomes available.

 

UPDATE: 1:15PM – Power has been restored to our building, and we are willing and able to resume operations!