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What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Stenosis comes from a Greek word that means “narrowing.” Lumbar Spinal Stenosis refers to a condition when the spinal canal and/or neuroforaminal become narrow and compress the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Compression of the cord/nerves causes inflammation and pain. If … Read More

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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

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Ordering Spine MRI in Emergency Medicine

The 2016 data available from the US National Center for Health Statistics shows the overall Emergency Department visits as follows:  number of visits to emergency departments nationwide was 145.6 million; percent of visits with patient seen in fewer than 15 minutes … Read More

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Medical Coder – A job I did not know about

One year ago I came across a job I was not aware of: “medical coder.” In Switzerland, but also in the US, medical reports, written by medical doctors in “natural medical language,” are translated by medical coders into a series … Read More

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Natural Language Interface for Databases

How to get your data without technical knowledge In this time of digitalization, it is quite safe to say that every company has some type of database. It could be a small database to store some contact information, or big … Read More

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From back pain to computer issues

Fun with Language Working with natural language can be challenging and frustrating, but it can be a lot of fun too. Let me share my newest “fun with language” moment: Research is often done in English, and there are many … Read More

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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

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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

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Spine, the newest back stabber

Something aggravating is often referred to as a “pain in the neck.” Well, in my work, perhaps the expression should be “pain in the spine.” In previous posts, I talked a lot about German-specific issues. Today, I want to show … Read More

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AI Application in MSM Imaging

The Society of Skeletal Radiology (SSR), together with the International Skeletal Society (ISS), hosted a webinar on “AI Applications in MSK Imaging” on Wednesday July 21, 2021. This webinar aimed to show MSK radiologists worldwide, and specifically in the US, … Read More

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