In Magnetic Appeal, Kelly A. Joyce shows how MRI technology grew out of serendipitous circumstances and was adopted for reasons having little to do with patient safety or evidence of efficacy. Drawing on interviews with physicians and MRI technologists, as well as ethnographic research conducted at imaging sites and radiology conferences, Joyce demonstrates that current beliefs about MRI draw on cultural ideas about sight and technology and are reinforced by health care policies and insurance reimbursement practices. Moreover, her unsettling analysis of physicians' and technologists' work practices lets readers consider that MRI scans do not reveal the truth about the body as is popularly believed, nor do they always lead to better outcomes for patients. Although clearly a valuable medical technique, MRI technology cannot necessarily deliver the health outcomes ascribed to it.
About the Author:
Kelly A. Joyce is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the College of William and Mary
|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
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Table of Contents
MRI as Cultural Icon 1
Painting by Numbers: The Development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Visual Turn in Medicine 24
Seeing Is Believing: The Transformation of MRI Examinations into Authoritative Knowledge 47
The Image Factory: Work Practices in MRI Units 77
The Political Economy of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 109
A Sacred Technology? Theorizing Visual Knowledge in the Twenty-first Century 149
Research Methodology 167
What People are Saying About This
"Kelly A. Joyce's intriguing and insightful book about the emergence and use of MRI technology is a benchmark work in understanding the impact of visual technologies on medicine and society. Joyce's analysis of how images become authoritative knowledge will challenge notions of 'seeing is believing. Magnetic Appeal is a major contribution to medical sociology as well as science studies."
"When a doctor orders an MRI, patients rarely think twice. After reading Magnetic Appeal you will be surprised and unsettled to find out how this seemingly infallible tool achieved its status as cultural icon and paradigmatic technology for health care in the twenty-first century."
"Magnetic Appeal gives depth and breadth to our understanding of the practices and political economy of MRI. The book offers a rich ethnography of MRI laboratory and clinical work. I regard it as a definitive work in the STS study of biomedical imaging technologies."