Thank you to Lauren Kustasz from Michigan State University for sharing the abstract from her summer research project with Dr. Nathan Nelson DACVR....and CONGRATULATIONS on having it be selected as a winner in the cases and abstracts category.
Accurate estimation of urinary cystolith size is a critical factor in assessing the biological behavior of urocystoliths, their response to dissolution therapy, and their potential for removal by minimally invasive procedures. A previous study found that ultrasound, using a curved array transducer at a frequency of 10 MHz, overestimated cystolith size compared to other imaging techniques. The purpose of this study was to further evaluate ultrasonography as an imaging technique for measuring cystoliths, comparing transducer types, different frequencies, and the use of tissue harmonics imaging and spatial compound imaging using an in vitro bladder phantom model. Thirty cystoliths were imaged using combinations of the ultrasound variables mentioned. The accuracy of cystolith measurement was determined by taking the difference between the measurement obtained from the ultrasound image and the true size of the cystolith determined by a digital caliper. The accuracy of the measurements obtained from the linear transducer was significantly greater than the accuracy of the measurements obtained from the curved array transducer (p < 0.05). Measurements from the linear transducer showed a significant decrease in accuracy of cystolith size estimation when spatial compound imaging was used (p < 0.05 ). Independent of actual cystolith size, the linear transducer tended to overestimate cystolith size by 0.16 cm on average and the curved transducer overestimated by 0.43 cm on average. Subjectively, there were more artifacts seen in the images taken with the curved transducer and, especially with smaller cystoliths, these artifacts superimposed the cystoliths making them difficult to measure.
Volume 52 Issue 1 is in the books! Congratulations to all of our winners and a huge thank you to everyone who sent in submissions. Your creativity, passion for veterinary medicine, and pure love of all creatures great and small are what make the Vet Gazette so unique and truly wonderful.
In honor of Halloween we decided to highlight a few special submisisons that really got into the holiday spirit.
As you may recall, The Vet Gazette created a new Grand Prize Award at the close of Volume 51 to honor and show appreciation for our entrants. We have chosen one lucky winner from over 1000 submissions from all of Volume 51 ... and we'd like to extend a HUGE congratulations to:
SNIGHDHA PAUL from Western University of Health Sciences!
Check out some of Snighdha's work below - and a huge thanks to everyone who continuously fills our inbox with creative, inspiring, and all around amazing submissions. We can't wait to see what you've got in store for us as we start Volume 52!
Submission by Gabrielle Woo (Cornell University)
Last weekend my veterinary class received the symbolic doctor’s “white coat” marking our transition into clinical rotations at the college teaching hospital. We begin clinics on Monday.
At our White Coat Ceremony there were lots of photographs and many congratulations, much applause and more speeches than I can remember. But one particular comment has stayed with me over this week of spring break, and it is this:
Your white coat will only become heavier with time.
This is an exciting but sobering thought. On one hand, I’m thrilled to be able to treat real, breathing, sick animals in need of medical care. On the other hand, I’m struck by the weight of such an enormous responsibility. If I make a mistake, my patient could die. And sometimes, despite my best efforts, my patient will still die. Am I ready to face this?
My father jokes that I look even younger in this weekend’s white coat portraits than I did in my high school graduation photos. You’re still a kid at heart, but soon people will be calling you a Doctor! Thanks Dad. Much as I hate to admit it, he’s right – and in some ways I am glad. The thought of becoming grown-up, cynical, and too bone-tired to care makes me incredibly sad. I have seen it weigh down my friends, colleagues and mentors, and I fear it may happen to me, too.
I become more hopeful when I think about the past few days of spring break, which were my last real holidays for a while. This week held whimsical rambling trail runs and hikes, a couple of still-life photo sessions and not a few conversations with four-legged friends; mornings spent puttering in the kitchen, long afternoon naps and many lovely hours passed with my nose in a book and a drowsy kitty in my lap. There were also beautiful moments of music and laughter and sweet silence with friends as we enjoyed our last few days of vacation together.
In my heart of hearts, I think I am afraid that all these things that carry such joy – running, art, creation, friendships – will be overwhelmed by the demands of learning to be a veterinarian. Over this week, though, as I look ahead to beginning clinical rotations, I remember how excited and scared I felt when I was accepted to vet school at Cornell. Now, three years later, I am reminded yet again of how blessed I am to be among both two-legged and four-legged friends in a profession I love.
I suppose that in the end, the “weight” of my white coat is not, and never has been, mine to carry alone.