Going behind the images

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by Alexia Johnston

Unusual, complex and interesting medical images are the focus of a weekly meeting at Timaru Hospital.
The images, including CT scans and X-rays, are studied by the hospital’s team of radiographers, alongside radiologist Conrad Dobrowolski, each Monday morning.
Generally, radiographers take the images and radiologists interpret them.
With the aim of gaining a better understanding of the images and various cases, radiographer Liz Corry instigated the sessions, with Dr Dobrowolski’s support.
The initiative was a finalist in the recent Gala Awards, an event held for the first time last month to recognise people and projects within South Canterbury’s health sector.
Mrs Corry, who was part of a similar discussion group when she worked in radiology in Christchurch, said the sessions were informative and well received.
“If I scan something that I think might be of interest to everyone else, then everyone can get the benefit from it.”
Dr Dobrowolski was keen to share his knowledge and findings, particularly on complex issues.
Among those cases were fractures in children – or not.
“It looks like there’s a fracture when there’s not, or there’s a fracture hidden next to a growth plate – that happened today,” he said.
Other cases can include “very unusual” diseases picked up on scans.
The sessions have been on offer for the past two months, which are also attended by radiology nurses and students.
“It’s been awesome,” Mrs Corry said.
“We’ve all got a better understanding of what we are looking at.
“I think it’s definitely beneficial for all of us.”
Dr Dobrowolski agreed.
“Frankly, [it is] keeping a good line of communication open and leads to better reporting and better studies.”