Thursday, September 11, 2008

Kristin Schwab And The Et Als

The name of the article is "Limitations of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Angiography In the Diagnosis of Intracranial Aneurysms," and it appears in the July 2008 edition of

The list of four authors appears on the left side of the first page. The last three are Philippe Gailloud, M.D., Gerald Wyse, M.D., and Rafael Tamargo, M.D. The lead author is Kristin E. Schwab. She is listed as "Department of Neurosurgery, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine." All subsequent pages of the article are headed by "Schwab, Et Al."

If the name Kristin Schwab is a familiar one, it's because she's the same Kristin Schwab who is a senior on the Princeton field hockey and women's lacrosse teams. Schwab has spent the last few summers doing research at Johns Hopkins, and she also traveled to Africa to do additional research. Obviously, she is a pre-med student.

As for the story itself, it is very clinical. Here is the conclusion: "MRI/MRA studies are often inaccurate in the diagnosis of intracranial aneurysms and should not be used as the sole diagnostic studies for intracranial aneurysms. Other radiographic modalities should be further investigated as alternatives to MRI/MRA for the diagnosis of intracranial aneurysms."

Schwab has been All-Ivy League in both of her sports.

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