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.
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.
History of Radiology
Look at MRI
Look at CT Scan
Look at Ultrasound
Look at Teleradiology