September 15, 2012 |
Joseph J. Darby Jr., 64, of Upper Gwynedd, a biomedical technician who helped develop the diagnostic ultrasound unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, died Monday, Sept. 10, of liver failure in the hospice unit at Abington Memorial Hospital. "Joe was at the helm of technical operations for the division of diagnostic ultrasound in the department of radiology," Barry B. Goldberg, a professor of radiology who directs that Jefferson division, said. "Joe has worked with me for 30 years," Goldberg said.
June 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Isabel Doran is only 4 years old, but she's already had about 15 CT scans - and every one comes with a dose of radiation. "I think there's always that part of you that thinks it's too much," said her mother, Veronica Doran of Burke, Va. Doran is glad the scans have allowed doctors at Children's National Medical Center to monitor Isabel's progress while they treat her kidney cancer. But she's worried about the long-term effects of the scans, which could put Isabel at risk for another cancer later.
January 23, 2012 |
Simon M. Berger, 99, of Wyndmoor, a radiologist who did pioneering research on using X-rays to diagnose breast cancer, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Saturday, Jan. 7, at home. In 1951, Dr. Berger and Dr. Jacob Gershon-Cohen received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the pathology and the technical requirements for breast cancer detection with X-rays at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. The two conducted a course in 1955 on mammography, which uses low doses of radiation to produce an image of the breast on film.
December 13, 2011 |
Jill Townsend Red, 76, of Malvern, a nurse and conservationist, died of nonsmoking lung cancer Thursday, Dec. 8, at home. In 1970, Mrs. Red and her husband, Donald E., moved to Radnor when he joined the radiology staff of Lankenau Hospital. He later chaired the radiology department and was president of the medical staff. While her husband pursued his medical career, Mrs. Red raised four sons, worked as a nurse, and became involved in the community. She and other activists fought to protect the former 46-acre Zantzinger estate in Radnor from development.
June 15, 2010 |
BELLEVUE, Pa. - Officials at Allegheny General Hospital Suburban Campus near Pittsburgh have filed a notice with the state that its 344 employees could be laid off within 60 days. The 106-year-old hospital, part of the West Penn Allegheny Health System, plans to close its emergency room and stop admitting patients in August. The facility will still offer outpatient radiology, laboratory, dialysis and imaging services, and an urgent-care center will replace the emergency room. The hospital is in Bellevue, just west of the city.
July 6, 2009 |
Theodore George Balbus, 83, a Philadelphia-area radiologist for more then 30 years, died June 13 at home in Elkins Park after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. Dr. Balbus was among the first generation of clinical practitioners of atomic medicine and therapeutic radiology. Starting in the mid-1950s, he applied what were then emerging radiation technologies to advance the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1926, Dr. Balbus grew up in Queens and graduated in January 1943 from Stuyvesant High School, where he directed the Arista scholarship and service honor society.
April 8, 2009 |
Robert E. Booth, 90, chairman of the radiology department at what is now Underwood-Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years, died of pneumonia March 11 at Waverly Heights, a retirement community in Gladwyne. Dr. Booth, a native of the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, graduated from Olney High school in 1936 and in 1940 earned a bachelor's degree in English literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Along with future sociologist Digby Baltzell, he was a captain of the varsity squash team.
March 10, 2009 |
Marvin E. Haskin, 78, of Bryn Mawr, former chairman of the diagnostic radiology department at Hahnemann University Hospital and an inventor of medical devices, died of an apparent stroke March 1 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Haskin grew up in Ardmore; Paterson, N.J.; and North Philadelphia. He graduated from Central High School. He earned bachelor's and medical degrees from Temple University and completed an internship and residency in diagnostic radiology at Philadelphia General Hospital.
September 24, 2008 |
Henry Pancoast Pendergrass, 83,of Gladwyne, a radiologist and educator, died of pneumonia Sunday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Pendergrass graduated from the Haverford School and earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University. He interned at Pennsylvania Hospital and completed a residency in radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania before joining the hospital's staff in 1953. His father, Eugene P. Pendergrass, who was chairman of the radiology department at Penn at the time, pioneered the use of X-rays to diagnose occupational lung disease in miners and other workers exposed to toxic materials.
March 21, 2008 |
John S. Leigh Jr., 69, a radiology scientist at the University of Pennsylvania whose research on magnetic resonance technology drastically improved its diagnostic use, died of heart disease March 10 at his home in East Mount Airy. "Jack was a very special and eccentric scientist," said Stanley Baum, former chairman of Penn's radiology department. "He was a pioneer in biomedical imaging. He developed the use of infrared light to create a better image of the body without radiation from X-rays and CT scans, and in one-fourth the time of a conventional MRI. " Dr. Leigh, an inspirational professor at Penn for nearly 30 years, founded the university's Metabolic Magnetic Resonance Research and Computing Center in 1984.