Friday, July 26, 2013

What are we really seeing? Ceci n'est pas une pomme

Last evening we had the chance to graduate two truly wonderful and outstanding shoulder fellows, Erik McGoldrick (left) and Mac McElvany (center) who are now on their way to Eureka and Santa Rosa, respectively. We will miss them greatly. At the graduation, they presented me with a reproduction of a painting by Ren√© Magritte, Ceci n'est pas une pomme.

As the fellows recalled, we often use this painting to remind us that when we are looking at an x-ray, a CT scan or an MRI, we are not looking at the humerus, the glenoid or the rotator cuff. Rather we are looking at an image which incompletely and often inaccurately represents the object of interest. As in:

 Ceci n'est pas le sus-√©pineux

Thanks, Mac and Erik!

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