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Landmark clinical study shows MRgFUS effective for bone mets pain.

A Landmark Study on Palliation of Bone Mets PainWhen a primary cancer such as cancer of the breast, prostate or lung spreads to the bone (bone mets), treatment strategies become complex. In today’s world of oncology, better systemic chemotherapies can add months and even years to a patient’s life; in addition, local cancer control of […] KEEP READING

Understanding cartilage increases awareness of its importance.

What You Should Know About CartilageOne of the most fascinating components of the human body is cartilage, an incredibly versatile material. Trying to describe cartilage is like the six blind men who try to figure out what an elephant is: “The elephant is like a pillar,” said the man who touched his leg. “Oh no! […] KEEP READING

Essential tremor gets worse in stressful situations.

How Stress Makes Essential Tremor WorseEssential tremor (ET) is the most common form of uncontrollable rhythmic shaking, though it is sometimes misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. The involuntary trembling results from abnormal communication between certain areas of the brain (cerebellum, thalamus, and brain stem). It is estimated that 10 million Americans suffer from ET, though many […] KEEP READING

Predictable Relief from Painful Bone Mets | Sperling Medical Group

Predictable Relief from Painful Bone Mets

Cancer that metastasizes (spreads) to the bone can eventually lead to severe bone pain. Initially, the pain may come and go. Often, it’s worse a night. Early on, there are medications that can relieve the pain, but as it becomes more agonizing many patients end up on morphine. In addition, bone mets can weaken bones […] CONTINUE

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Bone mets, Facet Pain

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine: Dr. Sperling’s Early Contributions to AI in Imaging

Considering ever-developing advances in computational power and availability of large data sets, the marriage of humans and machines in future clinical practice seems inevitable. Therefore, regardless of their feelings, the radiologists should be familiar with these concepts.[i] A seemingly unquenchable thirst for efficient, highly accurate and patient-friendly imaging drives the ongoing integration of Artificial Intelligence […] CONTINUE

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine – Part 7: AI: As Good or Better Than Radiologists at Spotting Breast Cancer

Roughly 1 out of 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer (BCa). Screening mammograms are able to detect very early lesions before symptoms, such as a palpable lump, occur. Early detection facilitates a diagnosis during a period when the probability of treatment success is highest. Standard 2D mammograms are the most used method […] CONTINUE

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine – Part 3: Is There a Downside to AI in Medicine?

From deep learning algorithms that can read CT scans faster than humans to natural language processing (NLP) that can comb through unstructured data in electronic health records (EHRs), the applications for AI in healthcare seem endless.[i] Endless application implies endless possibilities for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in medicine and healthcare. Sounds terrific! So, what’s the downside? […] CONTINUE

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General Medicine

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine: Will Artificial Intelligence Put Radiologists Out of Business?

AI applications are entering clinics at a rapid rate, and physicians have met the technology with equal parts excitement about its potential to reduce their workload and fear about losing their jobs to machines.[i]   Who’s afraid of the big bad computer? Apparently, some radiologists—and even medical students contemplating entering that field—are fearful of being […] CONTINUE

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General Medicine