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09 Mar


Animals help to heal the heart

March 9, 2015 | By |

We couldn’t help but share this wonderful story published by Alberta Health Services about Jan Eaton and a visit from her horse “Prince” while she was in the ICU at the Peter Lougheed Centre earlier this year.

 From the article:

“I was absolutely thrilled when I saw Prince’s ears perk up as he saw me peeking out from under my blankets,” Eaton says.

Be careful; the story might just melt your heart.  You can read the entire story here on Alberta Health Service’s website.

20 Jan


Check out these cute (doggie) patients!

January 20, 2015 | By |

BBC reports on a new study suggesting that a dog’s brain responds to human voices much the same way our brains do:

The researchers found that a similar region – the temporal pole, which is the most anterior part of the temporal lobe – was activated when both the animals and people heard human voices.

Most amazing is how compliant the pooches were to lay still for the duration of the scan.  Gosh do we love our canine friends!

Have a read of the full article and the study.

01 Nov


Don’t forget to turn your clocks back!

November 1, 2014 | By |

Now that Halloween has passed it is time yet again to turn our clocks back one hour.  A friendly reminder to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed (and a heads up that your “smart” electronic devices will do so while you’re sleeping!)

Officially, at 2AM on Sunday November 2 all clocks jump back one hour and reset at 1AM.  The best part of daylight savings time in the fall? ONE EXTRA HOUR of SLEEP!

See you on Monday (and enjoy your extra hour of sleep!)

22 Aug


Ever wondered what different foods look like visualized by an MRI?

August 22, 2014 | By |

By this point you may have noticed that we’ve been featuring several unique artistic uses of diagnostic imaging on our blog as of late (see our past posts about peering inside ancient objects using x-rays, unusual x-rays, the radiologist selfie, and x-ray GIFs of the human body in motion).

This time around we found MRI technologist Andy Ellison’s blog “Inside Insides”, where he gives us an “under the skin” look at various foods that are all around us.

According to Wikipedia, an MRI (which is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is:

medical imaging technique used in radiology to investigate the anatomy and physiology of the body in both health and disease. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radiowaves to form images of the body. The technique is widely used in hospitals for medical diagnosis, staging of disease and for follow-up without exposure to ionizing radiation.

At Pureform & PureKids Radiology, we don’t perform MRI’s (but we do perform ultrasound, x-ray, mammography, and bone density at all of our clinics).








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19 Aug


X-Ray GIFs of the Human Body in Motion

August 19, 2014 | By |

Wow!  We recently stumbled on Dr. Weiss and Cameron Drake’s work where they converted video clips of body parts in motion into looping GIFs.  They were just too good not to share!

You can view the original blog post by Dr. Weiss here!


Just a reminder: the beauty of the human body is absolutely mesmerizing. 

17 Jun


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


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


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.



05 Jun


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.