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January 25, 1995

Radiologists Display Powerful New Tools

JAMA. 1995;273(4):273-275. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520280017005

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THIS YEAR marks the 100th anniversary of Wilhelm Roentgen's discovery of x-rays. Judging from the 80th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), held in Chicago, Ill, radiology's cornucopia of new tools for clinical research, diagnosis, and treatment is overflowing.

Among the more noteworthy presentations were those on virtual reality technology to aid in diagnosing colon and lung cancer, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—guided radiofrequency thermal ablation for destroying brain tumors, magnetic resonance techniques for imaging the entire body in as little as 18 seconds, insights into why human sperm have to "ride the wave," some very postmortem findings about Ötzi, the Bronze Age "Ice Man," and the unveiling of a downloadable cadaver.

Have a Cadaver  At the RSNA meeting, the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Bethesda, Md, unveiled for the first time the Visible Man, a cyberspace cadaver that is now available through the

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