E1083. Diagnostic Imaging in Investigation of the Relationships Between Disease and Clothing Fashion
  1. Nick Maizlin; Western University
Diagnostic imaging plays an important role in understanding the relationships between diseases and clothing fashion, and has a significant medical investigative value. Understanding this relationship is essential to learning the dynamic changes in disease epidemiology and the clinical progression of disease, along with the social and psychological aspects of the integration or ostracization of sick individuals in society. The clothing worn by an individual plays an important role in societies by conveying information about the wearer, such as their socioeconomic status. However, it can also communicate an individual’s affliction by a disease, by either hiding or revealing it. Clothing has been used to cover the ulcers and conceal the diseases since ancient times, and the development of the clothing fashion purposely in relation to the diseases can reliably be traced to the Middle Ages and modern historical periods. Conversely, the clothing choices can negatively affect the individual’s health. The complex and reciprocal relationships between diseases and clothing are not only of historical interest. The objective of this work is to explore the role of diagnostic imaging in an investigation of the relationships between disease and clothing fashion and the impact of these relationships on individuals. Additionally, the work examines how these relationships have persisted into contemporary times.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
Diseases and medical conditions related to clothing choices and role diagnostic imaging.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
Pathophysiologic issues include Haglund's deformity, Morton's neuroma, Halux valgus, and Ribcage compression. Imaging techniques include radiography, CT, MRI, and Ultrasound.

This work demonstrates both the historical and current role of diagnostic imaging in investigating the intertwining relationships between diseases and clothing choices, and their effect on the human wearers.