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Doctor Who: Dr. Manish Jani

Written by Erica Brown

Dr. Manish Jani, Diagnostic Radiology– Invision Imaging

Who or what inspired you to go into your area of medicine?

I was inspired to go into radiology by my aunt, who is a breast cancer survivor. Screening mammography has been around for a long time here, but in India, where she grew up, such preventative care was not commonplace. She did not undergo annual mammography, and her cancer was found at a later stage when she could feel a lump. When she was diagnosed, I realized that medical imaging can detect disease early on and make a meaningful impact. Fortunately, she has been cancer free for almost 10 years.

 

How has the field of radiology changed throughout the course of your career?

Radiology is rapidly advancing, and one promising development has been in brain imaging. Everyone’s brain is built slightly differently, and until now, a CT scan or MRI of a brain tumor could not tell a neurosurgeon which vital functions such as speech or movement were near a surgical area, making operative planning difficult. Now, it is possible to locate these vital functional areas in a patient before surgery to help avoid injury and subsequent loss of an important skill.

What do you believe is the number one health mistake people make?

Unless people feel sick, they oftentimes do not address negative health issues such as smoking, poor diet and high blood pressure. By the time they have a medical event from these manageable or preventable issues, irreversible damage has already been done. Lifestyle changes can be impossibly difficult. But, you are only given one body, and you have to take care of it so it can take care of you and your family.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is finding a small breast cancer early while it is completely curable.

“If I weren’t a doctor, I’d be…”

If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be a teacher because education is the most important gift we can give our children.

 

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Erica Brown