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The Ventricular System of the Brain

The ventricular system is a set of four structures, the ventricles, containing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. It is continuous with the central canal of spinal cord. The ventricle lining consists of an epithelium-like membrane called ependyma. The ventricles are interconnected, allowing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. CSF is produced by the ependymal cells … Continue reading

My Birthday, 420 and The Cannabis Culture

So its true, today is my birthday. I’ve been browsing the internet trying to find the best image of a radiology related cake and I came up with a couple of favorites below. But even more interesting, is that today is also 4/20 or “420” (It also happens to be Easter today as well, but … Continue reading

Suprasellar Mass – Rathke Cleft Cyst

History: 20 year old female with headache and blurry vision This is a case of a Rathke cleft cyst, which is a benign suprasellar mass. Rathke’s pouch is a depression in the roof of the developing mouth in front of the buccopharyngeal membrane. It gives rise to the anterior pituitary (adenohypophysis), a part of the endocrine system. Rathke’s pouch normally closes early … Continue reading

Custom Facebook Like Button

I’ve been on an x-ray art related binge lately.  There are some very talented artists out there that create beautiful images both of human anatomy and inanimate objects using x-ray. When I came across the thumbs up x-ray by Nick Veasey I couldn’t help but relate it to that pervasive social media that fills our … Continue reading

X-Ray Art – Hugh Turvey, X-Ray Artist

X-ray art is a fusion of visible light and x-rays to create what has been called a “xogram,” a term coined by British photographer and artist Hugh Turvey. He has a fascinating and beautiful portfolio of images, of which you can find a sample from National Geographic. A couple of my favorites are below.

Lower Back Pain and Disc Herniation

Lower back pain (also called “lumbago”) is one of the most common medical problems in the United States, affecting up to 40% of all people at some point in their lives. According to the National Institutes of Health, Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, and it is the most common … Continue reading

Pediatric Radiology Waiting Room

A physician’s waiting room is never a great place to spend a lot of time.  I thought the above comic was a great spin on the popular book 50 Shades of Grey. You can find more great comics from J. Chang MD on PoorMD. As a father of two kids, I am sincerely grateful that these … Continue reading

Message to Anti-vaxxers: Measles is More Than Just a Fever and a Rash

The vaccination debate is probably one of the hottest topics in medicine today. I’m not going to elaborate on the different issues at length, but two recent articles in lay media (USAToday and The New York Times) reminded me of a post I’ve always wanted to share. One of the most common arguments against vaccinations … Continue reading

Contrast Enhanced MR for Acute Appendicitis in Children

The past 9 months have been extremely busy and I haven’t been able to be as active as I would like on RadiologyPics.com, but now I can finally share why. With the help of my co-authors John H. Naheedy and Peter G. Kruk, we published an article in Pediatric Radiology entitled “Diagnostic Performance of Contrast Enhanced MR for … Continue reading