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Recent and older technomedical gazes: the case of MRI and pathological anatomy

By October 24, 2007No Comments

Isabelle Dussauge from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (see earlier post here) and a former guest in our seminar series (see here) is presenting her almost finished phd-thesis in a paper titled “Anatomy Remediated: Aligning Recent and Older Technomedical Gazes” at the National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division, tomorrow, Thursday 25 October:

This presentation explores the paradoxical persistence of anatomy in recent high-tech medical imaging. For instance, magnetic resonance imaging’s visuality (“the MRI-gaze”) was consecrated with a Nobel Prize in 2003 as a breakthrough in the production of crisp, but historically traditional, anatomical depictions. The development in practice of the MRI-gaze in Swedish hospitals is taken as an example throughout this presentation. It exposes how the MRI-gaze was shaped in relation to medicine’s established methods of bodily analysis and bodily production, and argues that the shaping of the MRI-gaze enacted a remediation of pathological anatomy’s body. Finally, it addresses how relations between the observer (researcher or clinician), technology, medical gazes, and the body observed were recast in that remediation process.

For our US East Coast readers: the seminar is taking place in the Lister Hill Visitors Center, Bldg 38A, Bethesda, at 2pm.

Thomas Söderqvist

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