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Im Dr. Aswin R Babu, I had bought an ultrasound machine in may 2013 (mindray M7), since i got an oppurtunity to work outside, i wud like to sell this machine. kindly contact me regarding this in 09446323506

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Here is complete guide to prepare First FRCR (Part I) Exam from how to apply, what to read, how to travel to how to confidently clear the Exam. It is based on my personal experience. This blog will cover following topics in details. 

  1. How to apply
  2. Payment Mode
  3. What to Read
  4. How to book AirTickets
  5. Where to stay in Singapore
  6. Pre-exam Preparation
  7. How to save money on application, visa, travel and hostel stay.

First FRCR Exam brief introduction:

The First FRCR Exam, conducted by the Royal College of Radiologists, London has two parts Physics and Anatomy.

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Plain CT Scan: Subtle linear hypodensities along cerebellar folia (easy to miss).

 

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Two articles of FORUM viz. "Factory of Poor Radiologists" and "Demise of Department of Radiology" regarding state of affairs of Department of Radiology , Medical College, Baroda (SSG Hospital) attracted my attention on this important issue.Some centres /Departments are very good at some point of time with vibrant atmosphere and a lot of academic activities.But as is true with any organisation it is also a dynamic thing and may change its character gradually or suddenly. This is more true in case of a Government run Medical Colleges. Another issue is vigilant monitoring of the equipment health. Transfer of Teachers(they being Government employees) for opening new Medical Colleges in the state can lead to sudden fall in academic activity and /or machine maintenance.High turnover of junior  Radiology teachers also may change character of Department if a constant guidance from a senior Teacher is not available.

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What is that Clinicians want or rather expect from radiology reports?

In good old days Radiology Practice means nothing but interpreting the x-rays ordered by the clinicians.

All that clinician wanted to know was whether there is TB in the x ray chest, whether any duodenal/gastric ulcer in the barium meal studies, or any fracture of bones etc.The life of the Radiologists was very simple and care free ( without much responsibility )  in those days and no surprise…. no takers for Radiology Postgraduate seats. Anybody, did radiology PG in those days is not out of Love of the specialty but due to helplessness, and I remember People with MD in radiology settled happily in General Practice, since they just wanted MD tag

From 70’s onwards,   things have changed and Radiology advanced rapidly and radiologist started playing a role along with the clinicians in patient management and even earned respect as “clinician’s clinician”

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Definition of Bias

‘To lean towards something because you don’t like something else, or you like something more than something else, goes hand in hand with discrimination and prejudice’

‘Someone who already has their mind made up and preset towards a one sided view of a situation’

 

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Patient having RT hypochondrial pain.

Two scan centers gave USG report as Multiple Gall stones with sludge and a third scan center gave the report as ‘echogenic mass lesion with acoustic shadow-to rule out growth’

(Nobody knows why the patient visits so many scan centers for the same problem.)

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In response the Blog Article ‘Limitations and Radiologists’, Dr. Himanshu Maniar brought out a very sensible and realistic issue.

He said

While taking a stance on such issue, we should keep in mind that it may not be possible to change machine so frequently in a private set up. The problem is when you give your machine for buyback the deal is invariably against you as either you get a very small amount (Which may not even cover the loan margins) or you are made to pay more” -

However...Medico legally…Can we safely argue that …… due to the financial limitations resulting in difficulties to upgrade the machinery ….there was error in my diagnosis and my lord… pardon me!

This seems really a burning (business) issue among individual radiologists and sonologists, running own diagnostic centers. Unfortunately switching over to better machines is not that simple as buying a cell phone or laptop or buying a new dress every week for the favorite secretary.

 

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Role of radiology in HPV positive oropharyngeal carcinoma-revisited

By Iradix team, September 29, 2011

HPV DNA is identified in 70% of the cases of oropharyngeal Ca (OPC), with well-known causal association as per the literature 1. It has been well described that oral infection with HPV 16 increases the risk of OPC, 14 times than in the general population 2, 3. It is also very well-known now, that HPV positive cases of OPC show better response to treatment and even to organ preservation treatment with better survival rate compared to HPV negative cases of OPC 3-6. But, it is quite challenging to evaluate the HPV status of these cases.
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My radiology report slightly deviates from suggested guidelines, and I will try explain it

 

Radiology 'standard' report format:

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