Feature | October 14, 2007 | Rick Dana Barlow

October a festive time for oncology, radiology

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.—Robert Louis Stevenson

For cancer treatment and imaging specialists, the 10th month of the year is the time to celebrate more than just Columbus Day and Halloween. October plays host to no less than five significant events for oncology and radiology.
The first full week is designated Nuclear Medicine Week by the Society for Nuclear Medicine and the SNM Technologist Section to recognize nuclear medicine and molecular imaging professionals.
Monday, October 19, is designated National Mammography Day.
The entire month also is dedicated to National Breast Cancer Awareness and Medical Ultrasound Awareness.
The month closes with the annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology (ASTRO) in Los Angeles (October 27-November 1).
On the surface, these may seem like series of events loosely tied together by coincidence, if not convenience. But you’d be missing the point.
These thematic events recognize professionals, techniques and technologies that make a difference in thousands of people’s lives every day. And it’s easy to take them for granted – especially if you’re not a player in the industry or if you don’t need any of these professionals to help you with a physical affliction.
Despite declining reimbursement that threatens to push the promise of new technology just out of financial reach, the dedicated and determined men and women who participate in these disciplines simply want to improve people’s lives and make a difference.
Award-winning actor Gene Hackman once was quoted as saying, “The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways.”
Oncologists and radiologists step forward on a daily basis to battle organic invaders of the human body while calmingly reassuring patients, if possible, that everything will be fine. To those patients, there’s nothing sweeter than hearing, “you’ll make a full recovery,” or “you’re in complete remission.”
Remember these people this month and thank them for what they do and who they are.
See you in 60.

Related Content

Houston Methodist Hospital Enters Multi-Year Technology and Research Agreement With Siemens Healthineers
News | Imaging | August 17, 2017
Houston Methodist Hospital and Siemens Healthineers have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring cutting-edge...
Carestream Launches MR Brain Perfusion and Diffusion Modules for Vue PACS
Technology | Advanced Visualization | August 16, 2017
Carestream Health recently introduced new MR (magnetic resonance) Brain Perfusion and MR Brain Diffusion modules that...
ISMRM Issues Guidelines for MRI Gadolinium Contrast Agents
News | Contrast Media | August 15, 2017
The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) has provided new guidance in the use of contrast...
MRI Reveals Striking Brain Differences in People with Genetic Autism

Example images for a control participant , a deletion carrier, and a duplication carrier. In the sagittal image of the deletion carrier, the thick corpus callosum, dens and craniocervical abnormality, and cerebellar ectopia are shown. For the duplication carrier, the sagittal image shows the thin corpus callosum and the axial image shows the increased ventricle size and decreased white matter volume. Image courtesy of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

News | Neuro Imaging | August 09, 2017
August 9, 2017 — In the first major study of its kind, researchers using magnetic...
GE Healthcare's Signa Premier MRI Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance
Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 04, 2017
GE Healthcare announced Signa Premier, a new wide bore 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, is now available...
brain with chronic traumatic injury
News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 02, 2017
Fighters are exposed to repeated mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), which has been associated with neurodegenerative...
News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 31, 2017
Elekta’s magnetic resonance radiation therapy (MR/RT) system will be the subject of 21 abstracts at the 59th American...
NIH-funded scientists have discovered that Parkinson’s disease increases the amount of “free” water in a particular brain area

NIH-funded scientists have discovered that Parkinson’s disease increases the amount of “free” water in a particular brain area. Image courtesy of David Vaillancourt, Ph.D., University of Florida.

News | Neuro Imaging | July 31, 2017
Scientists at the University of Florida have discovered a new method of observing the brain changes caused by Parkinson...
Overlay Init