The Convergence of Parallel Medical Technologies : A philosophical analysis of the question of what happens when two parallel medical imaging technologies do not converge in their diagnostic conclusions.

Dijk, W.R. van (2017) The Convergence of Parallel Medical Technologies : A philosophical analysis of the question of what happens when two parallel medical imaging technologies do not converge in their diagnostic conclusions.

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Abstract:This thesis compares and contrasts two different medical imaging technologies, x-ray mammography and photoacoustic mammography, in order to analyse the problems that appear when two different technologies are used to study the same object. The main question answered in this thesis is: “What happens when two parallel medical imaging technologies do not converge?”, in addition to that there are several subquestions. The thesis answers these questions by going through three different topics, each building on the ones that came previously. The second chapter, after the introduction, deals with technological mediation of the physician’s access to his patient, with the help of the works of postphenomenological philosophers such as Peter-Paul Verbeek. The third chapter deals with expertise and tacit knowledge, which is important for the interpretation of medical images. This chapter heavily depends on the works of Collins and Dreyfus. The fourth chapter deals with epistemological issues, first through Don Ihde’s Instrumental Realism, and eventually settling on Boon and van Baalen’s concept of Epistemological Responsibility. The thesis ends by answering the questions asked in the introduction, giving attention to the way in which the medical of the context demands solutions which would not appear in a purely philosophical discussion.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72054
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