Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Radiology

Radiation Safety: A Constant Vigilance

By Sally Sapega | September 14, 2016 | Comments image from

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... Read more

A Clearer View of Achievement in Nuclear Radiology

By Greg Richter | August 5, 2016 | Comments image from

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... Read more

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

By Robert Press | February 24, 2016 | Comments Hip_xray

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... Read more

Students Explore Health Careers Across Penn Campus (photos)

By Steve Graff | July 29, 2015 | Comments Summer camp

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... Read more

When Sentiment Overcomes Reason

By Olivia Fermano | December 23, 2014 | Comments Mehta-Rima

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... Read more

The Doctor Will See You (More Clearly) Now

By Greg Richter | September 24, 2014 | Comments Cormode

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... Read more

Teaming up for Neuroscience Innovation

By Kim Menard | August 5, 2013 | Comments IMG_3527

Following a briefing on the current state of neuroscience research across the United States, held in Philadelphia's University City Science Center and hosted by Congressman Chaka Fattah, we had the opportunity to take the morning's featured speaker, Dr. Philip Rubin, Principal Assistant Director for Science at The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), on a whirlwind tour of brain-related research here at Penn Medicine. Read more

Lessons from Across the Pond: Should Radiologists be the Gatekeepers of Medical Imaging?

By Steve Graff | July 5, 2013 | Comments Jha3486

Big changes are coming to the US health care system—some in response to the mounting scrutiny of medical imaging. New task force recommendations, the Choosing Wisely campaign, and Affordable Care Act policies are all attempting to curtail overtesting—with CT scans, MRIs and any other screening often ordered unnecessarily—that can drive... Read more

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