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Reasons To Be Thankful, Or At Least Amused

November 25, 2010
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Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of the holiday, we present reasons to be thankful (even if thankful only that you have absolutely no involvement in some of these situations):

  • On November 19, Rwanda held a ceremony at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali, attended by the Burundi ambassador among other dignitaries, to unveil the nation’s  first MRI machine. Whatever problems may plague the U.S. health care system, at least it doesn’t have a ratio of one MRI machine per 11 million people. Rwandans have a life expectancy at birth of less than 58 years.
  • A woman who apparently used to be a man was arrested in Boise, Idaho, and accused of pretending to be a doctor in order to give other women “breast exams” at bars and nightclubs. Kristina Ross, who before sex reassignment was known as Kristoffer Jon Ross, allegedly claimed to be a plastic surgeon. Her victims said she even gave them a phone number of a real plastic-surgery clinic to call for “follow-up appointments.” She is charged with practicing medicine without a license.
  • To absolutely no one’s surprise, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two middle-school students in Easton, Pennsylvania, who were punished for wearing wristbands that say “I (heart symbol) Boobies.” As we detailed earlier this month, a California nonprofit organization is distributing the wristbands in order to get young people talking about breast cancer. The lawsuit seeks to lift both the school system’s ban on the wristbands and the school’s ban on extracurricular activities as punishment for the two girls.
  • Gina Barreca, PhD, a professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut (among other things), suggests a way to calm the uproar over the new Transportation Security Administration screening procedures. If we’re going to have machines doing X-ray scans at airports, she writes, why not have them provide mammograms while they’re at it? The TSA could screen for explosives and cancer at the same time. She’s kidding. We think.
  • A friend of ours, whom we will not identify for reasons that will become obvious, also suggests a way to fight the TSA’s very intimate new pat-down procedure: as soon as the agent’s rubber-gloved hands approach a sensitive part of the body, begin re-creating Meg Ryan’s famous “faking it” scene from the movie When Harry Met Sally ... . He’s kidding too. We think.

As for us, we are very thankful for you and your readership. We are not kidding about that at all. We hope that you and all of your loved ones are having a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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