Monday, March 27, 2006

Digital Imaging

“The authors of the single publication proposing to have found Collembola in human skin (2004. New York Entomological Society) manipulated photographs in Adobe Photoshop to supposedly show the presence of Collembola and their eggs.” --uc davis/bohart museum

Digital Imaging is state-of-the-art technology. In fact it has proved to be a more efficient and thorough method for diagnosing cancer in certain women because of the fact that images can be manipulated. This is the same technology that the NPA used in their study ( ) and this is why they were able to detect collembola in the skin scraping images. It stands to reason that the same principles of digital mammographys would apply to skin scrapings in that the digital images allow for more thorough analysis of the scrapings.
"This digital mammography study demonstrates how new technologies are expanding our ability to detect breast cancer earlier in more women. The study corroborates NCI's commitment to exploring advanced technologies in a wide range of clinical applications and the critical role they can play in making cancer a manageable disease," said NCI Director Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D."

"Digital mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer, allowing the recorded data to be enhanced, magnified, or manipulated for further evaluation. The electronic image also can be printed on film. Film mammography units use film to both capture and display the image. The sensitivity of film mammography is somewhat limited in women with dense breasts, a population at higher risk for breast cancer."
"Unlike film-based mammograms, digital images can be enlarged and manipulated to get a closer look at the breast tissue and any suspicious areas. Faster and more accurate, digital imaging also does away with bulky film X-rays and allows images to be viewed by multiple users at the same time on different computers."
"Digital mammography allows the physician to zoom in, magnify, and optimize different parts of the mammogram. Thus breast tissue may be examined more closely without having to take an additional image."

Throughout history most scientific discoveries or advances have almost always been met with resistance, I suppose if I was a entomologist I would be resistant to the concept of collembola infesting humans too, considering the fact that the scientific and medical communitites have been responsible for incorrectly diagnosing people as delusional for over a century.


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