22 Jan 2007

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas (D. Mitchell) is a collection of narratives from characters in the past, the present and the future. The characters, as well as their stories, are all connected (no spoilers), which would have made for a very interesting book, if they had been less artificial and random. Each story is written in very different styles, with archaic English for the 19th century notary and futuristic language for the robot that developed emotions. Again, interesting concept, but a bit lost on me, since the rather flimsy storyline gets even more obscured. Not recommended.

18 Jan 2007

The CHIP (CT in Head Injury Patients) study is our multicentre observational study of risk factors in minor head injury patients. We collected data on >3,000 patients during a 2.5 year period in four university hospitals in the Netherlands.

We developed the CHIP prediction rule to identify patients at risk of intracranial complications after minor head injury, that would benefit from CT scanning in the acute setting. The CHIP prediction rule will be published in Annals of Internal Medicine on March 20th.

10 Jan 2007


Testing the champagne for Indra’s PhD lunch (16 May).

01 Jan 2007

… on Business Class, RTL7, 12 November 2006.

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The video clip (Dutch, 2:21 min, Quicktime, 3.4 Mb) is now online. Oh, will I cope with being famous? ;-)

01 Jan 2007

In true Bridget Jones style and putting Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits into practice, here’s my 2007 personal mission statement: I will buy a house, finish my PhD and will not get overworked. How? Well, I will:

  1. finish reading the Seven Habits (still stuck at habit no. 5).

  2. wait for a miracle to happen (hopefully described in habits 6-7).

  3. failing the above, go to the gym and get in superhuman shape.

  4. write a bunch of papers, stumble upon the house of our dreams, get a mortgage and be happy.

Now, that doesn’t seem too hard, does it? Happy New Year!

30 Dec 2006

One of my favourite Indian dishes, with many thanks to Mukund for showing us how to do it. Quantities by approximation.

  1. Fry 1 green chili, 1 chopped onion and garlic until soft, and the onion caramelises.
  2. Add ground cumin and coriander (1 tsp of each) and fry for another couple of minutes.
  3. Add some chopped tomato, lemon juice, yoghurt (2 tbsp) and creamed coconut (1 tbsp).
  4. Add chickpeas (1 tin).
  5. Garnish with lots of fresh coriander and serve.
14 Dec 2006

Aad, Meike, Marion

Aad treating us to lunch because our paper “Fiber density asymmetry of the Arcuate Fasciculus in relation to functional hemispheric language lateralization in both right and left-handed healthy subjects: a combined fMRI and DTI study” got accepted for publication in NeuroImage.

01 Dec 2006

Chicago snow

Last day of the conference, and many people have already left; very happy to have escaped the snow storm today, no doubt. Some, on the other hand, are stranded.. So, Meike’s talk this morning, the 2 but last presentation of the conference, luckily still has a bit of an audience. I felt really brave wandering through the snow and wind this morning, but also a bit worried about my flight this afternoon..

More photos on Marion’s photos.

30 Nov 2006

The conference is nearing its end - which is very obvious from it being so much quieter. Perfect moment to have a look at the posters.

There are again some very beautiful and interesting posters this year. Masutani (developer of dTV) shows a method of dealing with crossing fibers, still using the FACT algorithm, by using complex techniques of tensor interpolation. His examples show a much better visualization of the more lateral parts of the corticospinal/corticobulbar tract, promising!

The neuroradiology session with Meike Vernooij presenting on microbleeds turned out to be a good example of how to improve these scientific sessions: several presentations were given on the same subject, and a panel discussion arose, with all of the presenters together, rather then the usual 1 or 2 questions per presenter/presentation. This format is definitely more lively, and much more of a forum of scientific discussion.

RSNA photos on Marion’s photos.

29 Nov 2006

Announcement of poster prizes today, with three winners from Rotterdam! Marcel Dijkshoorn, Monique Bernsen and Thomas de Weert received a certificate of merit and Marcel was also invited to publish his work in RadioGraphics.

RSNA news! mccormick

I presented my CHIP prediction rule for the use of CT in minor head injury, which has also just been accepted for publication in Annals of Internal Medicine - hurray! So, hopefully I will be able to make the rule public here soon.

So, what have we learned today? Well, the conspicuity of surgical needles of less than 10 mm in length is very poor on a plain abdominal film… so, CT instead, or just tell our surgeons to use big needles only? Studies like this make you wonder - do you just wake up one morning and think of sticking needles into cadavers and X-ray them? Hmm.

More photos on Marion’s photos.