Author Archives: Erika Greelish

The Worthy Work of Medical Annotators

After an entire childhood of being admonished that writing in books was NOT ALLOWED, I was pretty excited when a high school English teacher said we were going to be taking notes right in the pages of the novels we … Read More

The Value of Simulation in Medical Education

As she stared at the pale frog sprawled out before us, the look of wide-eyed horror on my lab partner’s face was incomprehensible to me. While I had no particular love of biology and certainly no overwhelming desire to dissect … Read More

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

How Does a Medical Device Gain FDA Clearance?

Even before most people were educated about what Covid-19 was, scientists began the important work of finding a cure. With unprecedented focus and resources to back these efforts, several effective vaccines were produced in less than a year. Anyone with … 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

How is data anonymized?

To effectively train radiologists and the artificial intelligence algorithms that assist them in detecting and diagnosing specific pathologies, a large data set is needed. Typically, training sets of data must be obtained from several sources, usually various hospitals. But how … 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

A Jarring Realization: Can AI Impact Disc Herniation Cases?

“I never even saw it coming.” People use this phrase figuratively, but in John’s case, it was literally true. He was sitting in his truck, stopped at a light, when the driver of the blue minivan slammed into the back … Read More

Imaging Improves Prostate Screening and Treatment

According to Mayo clinic urologist Dr. Landon Trost, “If you’re a man…[and] you live long enough, you’re most likely to end up with prostate cancer at some point.” Improved Detection As with many other cancers, prostate cancer screening and diagnosis … 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