Visualizing Health: Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Popular Culture and American Medicine

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
Kelly Joyce

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory Street

Event Description

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans are often linked to transparency, truth, and progress in media and popular science narratives. But, can MRI provide the corporeal transparency ascribed to it? Drawing on ethnographic research and in-depth interviews, Kelly Joyce will follow MRI scans from the MRI unit to the reading room to the referring clinician's office. Discussing technologists' and physicians' work practices offers insight into how health care professionals understand the technology and why they use it. Examining MRI in practice raises questions about visuality, identity, and health in the 21st century.
Additional support: College of Medicine

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Kelly Joyce

Associate Professor of Sociology (William and Mary) and Program Director, Science, Technology and Society, NSF