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Science communication is important in today's technologically advanced society. A good part of the adult community is not science savvy and lacks the background to make sense of rapidly changing technology. My blog attempts to help by publishing articles of general interest in an easy to read and understand format without using mathematics. You can contact me at ektalks@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Different Imaging methods....Compare resolution

Most techniques provide resolution of the order of 1 mm

Resolution - Smallest feature that may be seen clearly

X-Ray Films 0.1 mm X-ray radiation

Mammography 0.03 X-ray radiation

CT Scan 0.4 X-ray radiation

PET Scan 5-7 Nuclear radiation

MRI 1.0 Radio-frequency

Ultrasound 0.3 Sound waves

Science for All talks start on 1st November 2008...

A new series of five talks starts on Saturday 1st November 2008. The programme is as follows:

Talk 1 (01/11/2008): X-ray Imaging
Talk 2 (08/11/2008): Computer Assisted Tomography (CT Scans)
Talk 3 (15/11/2008): Ultrasound Scans
Talk 4 (22/11/2008): Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scans)
Talk 5 (29/11/2008): Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI Scans)

Free Science Talks for Secondary Pupils & Adults
No Science Background Needed
11 am – 12 noon on Saturdays
1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 November 2008
James Watt Auditorium, E.K. Technology Park, G75 0QD
(Ample free parking on site)
In Partnership with: Glasgow University
Scottish Enterprise, Lanarkshire
Further Information: ekTalks@yahoo.co.uk
Since the discovery of X-rays over 100 years ago with their potential for medical imaging, developments in physics have been vital to the advancement of medicine. MRI, CT, PET and ultrasound scans, and various types of radiotherapy are some of the physics-based devices that help diagnose and treat ailments ranging from broken bones to cancer.

Dr Singhal will explain the science behind medical imaging. The talks are aimed at the general audience and no prior background in physics or biology is assumed. The talks are particularly suitable for secondary school pupils who are encouraged to attend. The presentation is visually attractive and highly informative. Talks are free to attend.

The talks are part of the community education initiative under the Science for All programme