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The original image has far more infomation embedded within it than the film does. Your comparison with pathologists and frozen sections is exactly backwards, and I am afraid, wholly uninformed.

It seems that it is you who is 'wholly uninformed' and misconsruing other posters comments. I wasn't using the freeze facture argument to bolster the idea of an original containing a certain amount of information when compared to others. In fact I stated that this type of information is only a temporary substitute poised at delivering what is usually highly reliable information in an expedient fashion. The guist of my comments was about the interplay of various sources of information that have the potential to complement one another. Thanks for the straw man though.

In fact, it has recently been stated, only partially as deliberate provocation, that reading Medical imaging studies from film should be considered malpractice - they should be read from computer terminal on PACS systems.

This is an argument that I would agree may be worth investigating. It is not however one that I wish to argue the merits about. I chose a poor example in my haste to warn against a device that may impose upon a one on one interview. As such, I will leave it to good radiologists like yourself to determine the best medium for visualization. If this kind of tool were capable of producing images that rivaled the best MRI, backed up by scientific evidence, and clinical studies, I would obviously endorse it for radiological use. That is a huge leap from where we are now however. It is not the same as the PACS system.

Nobody with any brains thinks that clinical medicine will be REPLACED by the internet. By the same token, nobody should underestimate the power of information exchange. Bury your head in the sand if you wish. But those who wish to analyze the potential of the internet to open new avenues in medicine in light of "The Gorilla Game" will find a great deal to study over the next decade.

I never made such a claim. In fact I clearly stated that I believed such technology would be a great benefit for 'information exchange' to use your own words. I happen to think the internet is a fantastic source of information, and exceptional medium for exchange. The benefits for the practice of medicine are limitless. My point was to argue the merits of one-on-one interview. If my poor choice of example and rambling style confused you, I apologize, but your condescending and supercilious tone is certainly not appreciated. As such, I wont respond to any more of your comments unless you wish to be civil.

Eljar





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