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Editor's e-Note
What do interventional radiologists do? That’s a question that many interventionalists have had to answer over the years. In this month’s E-News Exclusive, an interventional radiologist highlights the difficulty of branding this versatile subspecialty. Let us know on Twitter and/or Facebook how or if you would rename IR.

— Dave Yeager, editor
e-News Exclusive
‘Interventional What?’

By Lahav Nissim, MD

Picture, for a moment, the following: You are meeting someone new who is not in the medical profession, and the first question they ask you is, “What type of physician are you?” or “What is your specialty?” You pause for a moment trying to decide how best to describe your specialty, aware that the answer to this question may necessitate a long-winded explanation.

As an interventional radiologist, you are well seasoned in answering the array of questions that may ensue: “Do you treat with radiation? Do you perform nanosurgery? What part of the body do you deal with?” Even if the inquisitor’s frame of reference is within the medical profession, it is unlikely that they have ever ventured into the depths of the radiology department to see the workings of the angio suite or the complex and ever-expanding tools in your arsenal for treating everything from cancer to trauma to varicose veins. If one’s daily routine is anything like mine, this delicate dance has replayed itself almost weekly for the past several years. The underlying question remains “What is the best way to explain what IR is to the layperson?”

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Thermal Imaging App Shows UK Heating Inefficiencies
The United Kingdom’s Daily Mail describes a smartphone app with a thermal imaging capacity that offers an eye-opening look at the costly loss of heat associated with many British residences.

Man With Older Pacemaker Undergoes Successful MRI
KFSN-TV in Fresno County, California, shares a success story of a patient with a “legacy pacemaker” whose cardiologist took the necessary precautions to perform a timely and much-needed MRI.

3D Mapping Reveals Thousands of Years of Scottish Archaeology
In “a world first,” airborne imaging technology has rendered, in precedent-setting detail, a 3D map that sheds light upon the ancient ways of life in some of the remotest regions of Scotland, according to the BBC News.
Worth Repeating
“Like each person has an individual fingerprint, each bacterium has a single fingerprint that’s specific to that infection. We created a library with the fingerprint of each infection; that way, we can quickly identify what kind of infection the patient has.”

Mohamed Seleem, DVM, MS, PhD, of Purdue University, regarding a new diagnostic procedure that uses imaging to differentiate infections for prompt diagnosis and treatment, as described in Analytical Chemistry
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