Artifice, Interpretation and Nature: Key Categories in Radiology Work

  • James M. Nyce
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5715)


This paper extends on some prior work on nature, culture and computation. This paper will look at “image work” in a radiology department, i.e, how radiologists use images and other kinds of knowledge in daily clinical work. In particular, the paper will look at the role tacit knowledge and categories have in the work radiologists carry out. How radiologists make use of and contrast analog and digital representations of nature will be explored here because this is key to how radiologists work and think. In other words, the role that computer derived artifacts, correspondence theory and mimesis play in the clinical work of radiology will be discussed.


Representation Memesis Correspondence theory Analog computation Radiology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Nyce
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    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyBall State UniversityMuncieUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA

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