Friday, April 25, 2008

New Radiologists....3/12/10

Well, the Snooze has announced the arrival of two new radiologists. Emphasis on 'new'. The first, LUCHO LOISEAU ROSSMAN has been practicing for three years, after an eleven month fellowship. You wonder how much of that was as an assistant professor?

MICHAEL SCOTT ALLEN, the second radiologist, has practiced for 18 years, with only a small misunderstanding on his renewal--delinquent/non-payment--and an 'active-not-in-practice' during 2002. Maybe it was during his mini-fellowships....(the information on Hopkins and Emory has mini-fellowships listed from less than a week to three months....) Worldwide Imaging sounds like a radiologist reading from his home in a bathrobe...with little to no patient contact.

One good thing, he ought to be able to keep up with dictation! Hopefully he can get past the generalization trap of the on-call services and make definitive statements.

But, here is the story, you be the judge:

A (64) slice of life

Staff reports
Special to The Paris News

Published April 23, 2008

Two board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists — Michael Scott Allen, M.D. and Lucho Rossman, M.D — are new additions to the Paris medical center.

Their arrival in the community coincides with the arrival of a Toshiba Aquilion 64 Slice CT Scanner on the North Campus where work continues on new cardiology facilities.

The Toshiba Aquilion can perform a whole body trauma in ten seconds, more than twice as fast as conventional multi-slice CT scanners. This speed is especially helpful in shortening breath holds for geriatric patients, patients who are on ventilators and pediatric patients.

In a single rotation, the scanner creates 64 high-resolution anatomical image “slices” as thin as a credit card. These images are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient's anatomy for the physicians at Paris Regional Medical Center to analyze. From these images, physicians can view such things as blockages in the coronary arteries, as well as the motion and pumping action of a patient's heart.

Both Allen and Rossman bring extensive experience and knowledge to the hospital’s radiology department, Paris Regional Medical Center CEO Chris Dux said.

“We are thrilled to have them here,” Dux said.

Allen, who is to serve as Medical Director of Radiology, specializes in neuroradiology, muscle skeletal radiology, virtual colonoscopies, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Coronary Computed Tomography Angiograms (Coronary CTA). He joins the staff from a private practice at Worldwide Imaging Technologies in the Dallas area.

Allen received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and fulfilled his residency at the University of Missouri Medical Center. He has completed mini-fellowships at Emory University, New York University, University of California at San Francisco and Johns Hopkins University.

“Paris Regional Medical Center made me feel at home right away. It has a great group of physicians and the best radiology department that I’ve ever worked in,” Allen said. “I am honored to be part of such a top-notch organization.”

Rossman, the area’s only fellowship-trained interventional radiologist, joins the staff after most recently serving as assistant professor of Vascular Interventional Radiology at the University of Texas at Houston and as a clinical interventional radiologist at Memorial Hermann Hospital and Lyndon Baines Johnson Hospital in Houston.

He graduated from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and performed his residency and internship at the University of Texas at Houston. He completed a fellowship in vascular interventional radiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“I have been impressed with the significant investment Paris Regional Medical Center has made in the latest diagnostic and interventional radiology equipment,” Rossman said.

“What we have here compares favorably to what is available in most major cities — like Dallas and Houston — and far beyond what you would normally find in a community this size,” he said.

What is a Radiologist?

Nearly all physicians examine patients, obtain medical histories, diagnose illnesses or prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease.

Generally, a radiologist is different from other physicians because he or she diagnoses diseases by obtaining and interpreting medical images. Some images are obtained by using X-rays or radioactive substances, others by means of sound waves or the body’s natural magnetism.

A radiologist correlates medical image findings with other examinations and tests, recommends further examinations or treatments and confers with the referring physician. Radiologists also treat some diseases by means of radiation (radiation oncology) or minimally invasive, image-guided surgery (interventional radiology).


Anonymous said...

"Perform a whole-body trauma in ten seconds"? Who built this anyway, Dr. Frankenstein? Couple this statement with the phrase "64-slice", and it sounds pretty gruesome.

The next proofreader the Snooze gets will be its first.

Anonymous said...

Seems like Paris's own version of "The Cube" or "Saw". Slice and dice.

Maybe they meant "scan"???? Better than traumatizing the "whole-body".

Anonymous said...

I did a double-take on "whole-body trauma" when I read the article in the paper. I'm not in the medical field, so I thought perhaps it was some type medical jargon I just didn't understand. I had already decided if it really caused that much trauma, I was never going to avail myself of the machine. Bottom line -- are you in the medical field telling us this was a typical Paris News goof?

Anonymous said...

Help me out here........if an ER doc orders a CT on a patient, does that mean the patient is put BACK into an ambulance, shipped to North campus where the procedure is done, then shipped by ambulance BACK to South campus ER?

Nice thinking, fellas..........

Anonymous said...

Rossman is leaving already....don't know why...

Anonymous said...

1227, you have it right. Typical is the magic word.

If they need a faster scanner than a four-slice! For studies that the patient can't hold still except momentarily. Even a 64 can get motion. $400 or so for an ambulance run.

I think Rossman saw the light, and it was from a train!

fac_p said...

1227: Typical is the magic word.

Carting a patient to the North and back is the same as we do for an MRI. Around $400 a crack. If they need more speed than a 4-slice has....

Guess Rossman saw the light in the tunnel...and it was a train....

Anonymous said...

Wonder if someone did an "intervention" on Rossman.....or he saw just how Mickey-Mouse the arrangement was, and wanted no part of it. If so, he's the smart one.

Which doesn't say much for the one that's left, does it?

Anonymous said...

The only doc that's going to stick me with a needle or catheter is Billy Parkhill, MD,Phd. Period. End of discussion.

I have seen a bunch of radiologist's over a forty year span and Paris doesn't know how fortunate they are in having this man in town. He is beyond good. He's .............well, you fill in the blank.

PRMC needs to get a clue that they ran off the best radiologists in this area and possibly the region. This town needs them back. But we all know that is impossible. Too bad.

Anonymous said...

How much time did DUcky spend washing all that egg off his face after Rossman bailed on them?

good hire, time you look over resumes and CVs, try using your good eye.

And they wonder why folks don't want to come there..........

Anonymous said...

The 4 slice scanner on the south is a very good piece of equipment. It is better than many scanners out there in towns of similar size or larger. This scanner has done and can continue to do quality scans, trauma, and diagnostic studies. Blowing smoke and criticizing the CT on the south tells us that those of us that know these scanners know it is not the equipment that makes the quality test but the quality of the techs.
I agree there are scans that require 16 to 64 slice (ex; hearts)
There are not generally imminent life/ death studies.

...or when the pt has become agitated, or the very young...or a bleed in the previous conditions. Ted McLemore's pulmonary scans.... You want more?....frank

Giles Corey said...

Rumor has it Rossman is leaving because of $......Gee the same thing that got the Rio Docs run off.
According to the grapevine, Allen made a deal to be paid what the insurance pays for the exam--which is never what is charged for the exam (for example if a chest xray costs $100, the insurance/medicare will only pay $40) Needless to say, you can't make much money doing that....After years in Med School and Residency a fella wants to make some moolah....Awwwww!

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