How Technology is Shaping Medicine

UC Irvine doctors share how technology is shaping medicine, from phone apps to brain surgery;

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Three physicians from UC Irvine Health shared how technology is shaping their field of practice, during a recent lecture at Newport Beach Central Library.  Here is a summation of what Dr J. Christian Fox had to say:

Power of sound

Dr Fox Christian Fox, a professor of emergency medicine and assistant dean of student affairs, is a self-professed “sono-evangelist.”

With ultrasound machines getting smaller and smaller, Fox said, he envisions hand-held ultrasounds in the pocket of every doctor’s white coat.

Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to visualize organs and other tissues in the body. Fox said his medical students can use the machines for 30 patient applications that can be done at the bedside.

“Everything from eyeballs to ankles, and all the organs in between, can be seen in much better resolution and a lot more accurately than the physical examination can ever dream of,” Fox said.

But reading ultrasound images takes a special skill, so the UCI medical school has built ultrasound training into the curriculum. It’s also working on an ultrasound suite to allow medical students and visiting physicians to practice.

“Ultrasound can be a bit of an art to perform,” Fox said. “It takes quite a bit of training and time to make these machines sing to you.

Fox said ultrasound care could cut down physicians’ use of CT scans – a series of X-ray images taken together to visualize the inside of the body which can add up to a lot of radiation over time, he said.

“If the answer can come from sound waves and not X-rays, we should not be ashamed to reach for ultrasound first,” Fox said.