Friday, April 04, 2008

April's Fools.....

I just received a nice note from Mr. Esra Ozer, who states that he is from Siemens:

Hi there. Just saw your April Fool's Day posting about Siemens and Disney. Since I'm with Siemens and you're a radiologist, I think we both can agree that it's pretty important that people get the right medical information from the Internet (or at least that they don't get the wrong info). With April Fools Day now over, we ask that you remove the false posting. I'd hate for consumers or the FDA to get completely inaccurate information about a topic as important as medical imaging. Look forward to your feedback. Esra Ozer, Siemens Corporation, New York

I'll take it as a complement that anyone might actually fall for my now-annual April Fool's Day post. Perhaps relations with the FDA are skittish, and I certainly wouldn't want anyone to have any trouble in that regard. So, you will notice the offending material is no longer available online. If anyone would like a copy of the absolutely brilliant post, please email me at doctordalai(at)

It is rather amusing that when Siemens has a problem, they approach me directly, with rational discussion. I find that refreshing, as compared to some others who simply don't like what I've said. Well, come to think of it, that unfortunate situation to which I'm obliquely referring occurred in part because one particular company was quoting my posts in reference to a competitor. But, we'll let bygones be bygones.

By the way, Siemens does indeed sponsor the "Spaceship Earth" ride, giving it the biggest ball(s) in the industry. And, for what it's worth, the feedback I've received on my totally fictional fantasy of Immersion Picture Archiving Communication And Control (IPACAC...anyone ever heard of ipecac?) suggests that there is interest in such a product. Any big companies want to pick up the, ummm, ball on this?


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Anonymous said...

Is this what happens when you get as well known as you are? Anything you say seems to be subject to censoring. It would seem to me that a company with a good reputation could handle a bit of good natured jesting. Perhaps our reputation is to the point where people believe these things?