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USC technology finds cancer in class

Jan 20, 2011 6:56:00 AM - thestate.com
The USC School of Medicine’s decision five years ago to integrate ultrasound technology throughout the four-year journey for medical students not only broke new ground, it might have saved one student’s life.

Second-year student Christine Lawrence is living, breathing evidence of the value of increased use of ultrasound.

While studying last year for a test, Lawrence and other first-year students practiced their skills with ultrasound devices on each other. They had trouble finding the structures in Lawrence’s neck and asked Dr. Victor Rao, the school’s director of ultrasound medicine, to help them.

With his more practiced skills on ultrasound, Rao began to examine Lawrence’s neck. He hardly slowed down as he noted “a lesion on the thyroid” and moved on to other structures of note.

“I said, ‘Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. You said lesion on the thyroid,’” Lawrence recalled Tuesday.

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