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Editor's e-Note
Earlier this month, AHRA, the Association for Medical Imaging Management, held its annual meeting. There were many interesting education sessions, but one of the overriding themes was the need to make connections, whether with patients, coworkers, administrators, or other health care organizations. There was also a strong emphasis on connecting data siloes throughout the medical enterprise. Whether by sharing technology between health care organizations, getting better data from ordering physicians, organizing data into dashboards, or using deep learning and predictive analytics to spot trends, the goal is to overcome today’s obstacles to improve tomorrow’s health care. On that note, this month’s E-News Exclusive illustrates the value of overcoming obstacles.

— Dave Yeager, editor
e-News Exclusive
Paralympic Champion Helps Demonstrate Handheld Ultrasound’s Value

When the 2016 Paralympic Games open on September 7 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians will be cheering on one of their own: the world’s fastest visually impaired woman. Terezinha Guilhermina is a trichampion Paralympian, eight-time world champion, and nine-time Parapan American champion, who also holds the world record in the 100 m, 200 m, and 400 m T11 dash. T11 is the classification for totally blind athletes.

Born into poverty in Betim, Minas Gerais, Brazil, with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited, degenerative eye disease that leads to a gradual loss of vision, Guilhermina has overcome many obstacles in life. One of 12 children, she was born with 95% loss of vision and her mother died when she was only 9 years old. When Guilhermina’s sister gave her a pair of used sneakers to run in a local race, she took to the track and has not looked back.

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Ella A. Kazerooni, MD, MS, a professor of radiology, associate chair for clinical affairs, director of cardiothoracic radiology, and chair of the Radiology Service Excellence Program at the University of Michigan, as reported by RSNA
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