ARRS 2022 Abstracts


E1027. Vanishing Diseases: A Pictorial Essay of Radiology Magic
  1. Fernando Rivera-Melendez; Universidad Central del Caribe
  2. Jose Rodriguez-Vazquez; Nebraska Medical Center
  3. Daniel Welch; Nebraska Medical Center
  4. Alejandro Santiago; Universidad Central del Caribe
  5. Matthew White; Nebraska Medical Center
Magic is considered one of the oldest forms of performed arts. It is an art that relies largely on altering the audience’s perception or their ability to make sense of what their eyes see. Magicians are continuously exploring ways of manipulating our perceptual experiences. We entertain the idea that at times it seems as if the human body and radiology are the magicians and we as radiologists their audience. The technological advancements that have been made in our field have allowed us to perceive interesting anatomic variations and pathophysiology in different ways.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
Our goal is to entertain our listeners with interesting cases under the unifying theme of vanishing diseases, while reviewing the key radiologic and non-radiologic features that characterize them.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
Vanishment is the magical art of vanishing objects. In its purest form, it is a state in which the object ceases to exist. As new modalities have emerged, missing or "vanishing" anatomical structures have been noted throughout the different modalities of radiology and throughout all organ systems. Examples include vanishing white matter disease in the brain, vanishing heart sign in the chest, and vanishing bone disease in the musculoskeletal system, among several others. In this exhibit, we will be teaching the key imaging findings needed to ascertain these diagnoses. Additionally, we will discuss the clinical presentation, demographics, pathophysiology, prognosis, and treatment of these diseases.

Magic has had different meanings throughout history. In its most traditional forms or as presented in the concocted exhibit, magic is an opportunity to be wowed, to learn, and to grow.