Last week, I attended SPIE Medical Imaging in San Diego, where I presented a poster detailing our recent collaboration with NanoX Japan on a novel X-ray detector concept. SAPHIRE (scintillator avalanche photoconductor with high resolution emitter readout) optically couples a scintillator to an amorphous selenium HARP (high/gain avalanche rushing photoconductor) layer biased with sufficiently high electric field to induce avalanche gain, allowing for very low-dose performance. High resolution electron-beam readout is achieved by a field emitter array.
Color Oracle -
A handy utility for designing with color-blind viewers in mind. Useful for designing scientific posters.
This pretty much sums up my time in the lab.
FDA To 23andMe Founder Anne Wojcicki: Stop Marketing $99 DNA Test Or Face Penalties -
This is an exciting time to be a researcher at Stony Brook Medicine.
The Thousand-Dollar Pap Smear -
Cervical-cancer screening is one of the 20th century’s true public health successes. The incidence of a disease that once caused more deaths among American women than any other form of cancer has decreased dramatically since the introduction of routine Pap smears in the 1970s. In the modern era, most deaths due to cervical cancer occur among women who have never been screened or who have gone decades without screening. One of the main factors in helping to conquer this once-dreaded disease has been the availability of a cheap, effective screening test that can detect disease early, while it’s still very treatable. Yet increasingly, in my roles as the chief medical officer of a community health center and as a family doctor seeing patients in that system, I hear from women who are choosing to skip their screenings because of skyrocketing costs.
Shutdown Imperils Costly Lab Mice, Years Of Research -
A lack of funding to labs is likely to mean an early death for thousands of mice used in research.