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Ultrasound: Then and Now

Unusual connections What do bats, Pierre Curie, and the Titanic have in common? They all played important roles in the development of ultrasound imaging technology. Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves higher than the upper audible limit of human hearing. The … Read More

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The Royal College of Radiologist (RCR) Digital Learning Programme 2020

The RCR Digital Learning Programme 2020 organized its first virtual learning program between 21 September and 9 October 2020. It delivered a variety of interactive two-hour sessions each day. The agenda of the program encompassed all of the RCR’s professional learning … Read More

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ScanDiags Showcased at Asian Musculoskeletal Society (AMS) Annual Meeting September 2020

ScanDiags Showcased at Asian Musculoskeletal Society (AMS) Annual Meeting September 2020 This year’s AMS Annual Meeting’s theme was “MSK Imaging: 2020 Vision.” Like so many others this year, it was conducted as an online event.  It was a bit different … Read More

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Every cloud has a silver lining

Some months ago, Switzerland went into “lockdown”. This meant that everyone who could work from home should do so. At Balzano Informatik AG, we did that too. It was not always easy, but we adapted, we improved, we made it … Read More

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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

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AI and 3D printing: a dynamic duo for medical imaging

AI has demonstrated remarkable progress and received widespread recognition for its usefulness in the medical imaging world. AI technologies — machine learning in particular — automate image reading, repetitive tasks and the reporting process, which leads to an increasing efficiency … Read More

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MRI Scanner Goes Mobile

If we hear the words “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine,” we might imagine a huge tube with an opening at both ends. Powerful magnets and radio waves surround the tube. The patient needs to be brought to the MRI scanner, … Read More

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“A small change for a word, but a big change for the lemmatizer”

In my previous blogs, I talked about the difficulty provided by natural language (e.g. ambiguity and variety) and the medical domain (e.g. medical words unknown in common tools). Today, I want to show you another aspect: How big the impact … Read More

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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

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Can you shorten everything?

Remember my blog post about how in German you can string words together to form new ones? As mentioned in that post, this increases the possible terms for pathologies and can be frustrating when trying to find all possible variations of … Read More

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