Friday 13 May 2011: Technology
A colleague and I had a meeting today with the rheumatology guys at work, who are seeking funding for various "small" things that will help them with their work. I learnt, amongst other things, that 1 in 4 presentations at the GP are about musculoskeletal pain. Our guys at Birmingham are working on early detection not only through early diagnosis but through attempting to predict who will get RA, before they get symptoms. Pretty exciting stuff for a disease that does kill (although it seems not many people realise that).
Dr F. is showing us here his portable ultrasound, and scanning my colleague's finger joint to show it in action. It was pretty cool, and comes in at a cool price of £50k. Which is in itself pretty incredible when you think about how much a fixed scanner costs.
Being Friday, we went out to eat and see a film: the first Carluccio's for a quick dinner (they had to check our order twice and forgot two items, and the food wasn't that great) and then Hanna at the cinema. I always suspected I was a genetically engineered killing machine. No, seriously, good film.