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Medical Technology


When German researcher Wilhelm Roentgen received the first Nobel Prize for physics in 1901 for his discovery of X rays, some newspapers heralded the achievement as the final frontier in medical science. One or two science writers even went so far as to predict that little else of importance in the field of scientific medical diagnosis remained to be discovered. Since that time, a host of technologies with complicated-sounding names have evolved that, like X rays, allow medical technicians to peer inside the human body. Several of these approaches, including magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, have even replaced X radiation as the diagnostic tool of choice in many cases.

Try This: How much do you know about these exciting technological tools and the way in which they are used to save lives? After completing this activity, you and your classmates will be minor experts on the subject. In the activity, a group of students in the class explore the Web sites listed below under Health Links and use the information to stage a panel discussion on the state of the art of medical technology. The discussion is videotaped and--if the school has television broadcast facilities--aired on school TV. To get started, click on the button that prints out your worksheet. Use the worksheet to help you plan your program.


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The History of Radiology
A Look at MRI
A Look at CT Scan
A Look at Ultrasound
A Look at Teleradiology


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