Author Archives: Erika Greelish

The Inevitable Evolution of Medical Education

Remember floppy disks? I asked my 11-year-old son if he knew what a floppy disk was and was surprised that he did. His answer: “Basically, they’re a super old version of a USB.” Despite the fact that these days floppies … Read More

From Outer Space to Inner Spine: An Interview with an Astrophysicist Turned Data Scientist

It’s nearly 9:00am. Some members of the Balzano team are cradling coffee cups while carrying on socially distanced conversations. A working day for the data science team at Balzano starts with a collaborative “stand up” meeting where every team member briefly talks … Read More

Care and Feeding of a Neural Net

Despite the incredibly complex math and analytics behind the process, training a neural net has often been compared to teaching a toddler. Some commonalities: A steep learning curve. Even if you have some prior experience with children, or you’ve read … Read More

Six Degrees of Covid-19

By now, we’re all aware that Covid-19 symptoms vary widely from person to person, though doctors still aren’t sure why. Apart from age, what causes some people to have a mild case while others fight for their lives? It may … Read More

The Lexicon of Ligaments: Understanding Knee Injuries

PCL…Public Limited Company? Printer Control Language? Python Coding Layer? MCL and LCL? These are Roman numerals…right? If—like me–you’re not in the field of orthopedics, you might wonder what these abbreviations stand for. I was familiar with the letters ACL in … Read More

Understanding Meniscus Tears, One of the Most Common Types of Knee Injuries

Have you ever imagined what would happen if you could not do routine tasks like walking up and down stairs, jogging, running, hiking, kneeling and other activities because of the pain you have in your knee? Although we may not … Read More

Yes, There Is a Code for That

Pecked by a turkey? There’s a medical code for that. Walked into a lamppost? There’s also a code for that. Burned by flaming water skis? Yep, there’s a code for that too. You Can’t Make This Stuff Up Most people … Read More

Why Buy Into AI

The bottom line. Return on investment. Getting the most bang for your buck. However you phrase it, all companies are concerned with profit margins and risk management. CEOs of major companies have taken a cautious but steady approach to integrating … Read More

Imaging Innovations Are Off to the Races

Digital motion x-rays. Pocket-sized ultrasound scanners that plug into smartphones. Open, rotating MRI machines. While most recent imaging innovations are related to advanced software solutions such as improved scanning techniques or machine-learning technologies, hardware is also becoming more versatile in … Read More

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

They say that you don’t appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone, and this is certainly true when it comes to the human body. Aging causes atrophy and loss of elasticity of many systemic tissues ranging from those that make … Read More