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    New Proton Center Research Room Will Have an Impact Near and Far

    March 27, 2017

    The new Albert Chadwick Research Room inside the Roberts Proton Therapy Center is no ordinary laboratory space. In fact, there’s nothing else quite like it anywhere else in the United States, and whether it’s treating patients with cancer or helping NASA with its plans to send astronauts to Mars, the discoveries that could propel scientists forward will happen right here.

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    Could the Next Doctor You See Be a Robot?

    March 17, 2017

    Understanding how to work with new artificial intelligence may be the key to innovation and growth in medicine in the years ahead. Here at Penn Medicine and other academic medical centers, robotic surgery is already used in performing low-risk outpatient surgeries—but how did we get here, and what technology is ahead for care providers?

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    Some Patients Grow Wary of Opioids as Epidemic Looms

    January 13, 2017

    Nearly all of the cancer patients Erin McMenamin, MSN, CRNP—a registered a nurse in Radiation Oncology—speaks with are afraid of opioids, citing shocking statistics they’ve read about in the newspaper, tragic stories they’ve seen on the evening news or downright incorrect information they’ve read online.

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    An Instrumental Figure: The Legacy of Constantin Cope

    January 04, 2017

    After serving as a longtime faculty member in the department of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Constantin Cope died peacefully in November 2016—yet his impact is still unfolding and shaping the future of medicine, and his story, even the parts that are known, is widely underappreciated.

  • Radiation Safety: A Constant Vigilance

    September 14, 2016

    When German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays in 1895, it was clearly groundbreaking. Less than a year later, three doctors at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (J. William White, chief of surgery; Charles Lester Leonard, HUP’s first radiologist; and physicist Arthur Goodspeed) published an article describing the many...

  • A Clearer View of Achievement in Nuclear Radiology

    August 05, 2016

    The contributions of Abass Alavi, MD, to the field of nuclear medicine come into clearer focus when you hear his life story up to this point – raised in a poor family in Iran to becoming one of the world’s preeminent researchers in nuclear imaging. Alavi started at the University...

  • Hips Don't Lie; Neither do Radiologists (pt. 2)

    February 24, 2016

    On this blog, we frequently write about what it’s like to work for — or experience life at — Penn Medicine. What we don’t get the chance to write about very often is what it’s like to see the University of Pennsylvania Health System from the other side: as a...

  • Students Explore Health Careers Across Penn Campus (photos)

    July 29, 2015

    The University of Pennsylvania’s OneHealth Initiative has shined a light on the substantive amount of crossover and collaboration among Penn’s health schools. From ticks to cancer detection to antibiotic resistance, we’ve touched on a lot of topics involving faculty from around the whole campus. But let us put the research...

  • When Sentiment Overcomes Reason

    December 23, 2014

    We humans, we’re definitely a sentimental lot. Some might even argue that is one of the key traits that separate us from other animals – our desire to acquire mementos of life’s experiences. We sure do treasure our keepsakes, those tangible tokens of endearment to commemorate a special time, person...

  • The Doctor Will See You (More Clearly) Now

    September 24, 2014

    Radiologists regularly employ imaging methods, such as computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, to help medical teams diagnose and treat disease. Seeing clear images of muscles, organs, and bones inside the body, often times via use of contrast agents, helps physicians diagnose patients earlier and avoid unnecessary...

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