Visualizing endometriosis. The construction of professional vision in radiology

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Visualizing endometriosis. The construction of professional vision in radiology

Abstract

This article focuses on the professional vision of radiologists specialized in endometriosis. The diagnosis is conceptualized as a device for authenticating bodies. On the one hand, I address the issues related to the division of medical work; on the other hand, I examine those related to the learning of technical and sensory skills, seeking to show their interweaving and their implications in the making of endometriosis. The demonstration proceeds in two ways: the first part deals with the legitimization of the visual expertise of radiologists through a boundary work with gynecological surgery, that resulted in a shift of jurisdiction within the diagnostic process. The second part focuses on how radiologists learn to see endometriosis and to make sense of the images produced through the mobilization of a set of perceptual signs.

Keywords

  • diagnostic
  • aparatus
  • endometriosis
  • medical imaging
  • jurisdiction
  • perception
  • hold
  • radiology
  • professional vision

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Editors:

Barbara Pentimalli, Vanessa Rémery, Caroline Datchary

Publisher:

Revue d’anthropologie des connaissances 14-3 | 2020 «The Factory of Gaze in the Learning of the Trade»

Languages:

French

City:

Marne-la-Vallée

Year:

2020

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Research labels:

Health – medicine
Body
Work – carrer – professions

Subjects:

Sociology, History

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