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SCHOLARSHIP FUND | ROUND I

TRANSFORMING HEALTHCARE
The Future of Diagnostic Medical Education

Presented by Karen Nussbaumer

Mission & Vision

The Mission of ADOM Scholarship Round I is to provide TUITION-FREE EDUCATION to the most promising diagnostic medical students - the best of the best - to achieve ADOM's vision for the future of healthcare.  

 

There's a DIRE need for non-radiative diagnostic tools to mitigate medical errors, enhance patient safety and reduce disease caused by ionizing radiation. ​We are all going to suffer the same fate if the methods of healthcare diagnosis doesn't change right now. What we are doing now is not working. ADOM has a plan.

 

The ADOM program offers a comprehensive curriculum and training in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Vascular Technology with Diagnostology—a pioneering profession dedicated solely to safe, rapid, and accurate diagnosis. Emphasizing innovative techniques like IVUS, ICE, and CEUS, ADOM prioritizes life-saving impacts and benefits, focusing on reducing disease and promising patient safety by minimizing radiation exposure and empowering choice in diagnostic and treatment pathways.  

 

In a changing landscape where information is readily accessible, ADOM rejects antiquated approaches, striving for better, safer, and smarter healthcare. By enabling same-day diagnosis for faster treatment and fostering collaboration with specialists, ADOM ensures comprehensive care.  

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Better Health Starts with ADOM Education

Time is running out as the world faces an escalating health crisis with no clear diagnoses in sight.  We can't keep doing what has been done. We have to do what has to be done.

Introduction to ADOM Academy and Diagnostology

ADOM Academy's first graduating class will make history as the inaugural diagnostologists, a new profession specializing in non-radiative diagnostic tools, including advanced ultrasound methods, ultrasound procedures, hematology, and histology. This role, innovated by ADOM founder Karen Nussbaumer, signifies a significant leap in diagnostic medical education. Diagnostologists use these advanced methods to quickly and accurately diagnose illnesses, working closely with various specialists to support clinical procedures.

 

The Problem

We aren't getting diagnosed. The world is getting sicker, and there's no diagnosis in sight. While there are plenty of treatments available, there is a lack of real, accurate diagnoses. Doctors often rely on their hands and fingers for diagnosis despite the availability of incredible handheld and portable ultrasound technology that provides real-time visuals of the body in motion. When doctors refuse to use ultrasound technology, we all lose. As Karen Nussbaumer says, "Diagnosis without ultrasound is negligence... treatment without diagnosis is malpractice."

 

The Solution: Education

Higher standards of medical education, new education, and new medical diagnostic education created by Karen Nussbaumer. ADOM Academy is leading the way in redefining diagnostic education through innovative programs that emphasize non-radiative diagnostic tools and techniques.

Critical Need and Impact

The healthcare industry faces a critical need for advanced diagnostic methods that minimize radiation exposure, particularly in pediatric care. The tragic reality is that more children die from radiation-induced complications than from the cancers they are being treated for. Our program addresses these medical errors, enhancing patient safety and ensuring accurate, same-day diagnosis without the risks associated with traditional radiative methods​ (CancerInfo)​​ (CancerInfo)​​(MDPI)​.

About ADOM and Karen Nussbaumer

ADOM Academy was founded by Karen Nussbaumer, a pioneering figure in the field of diagnostic medical education. In 1999, Karen established the first specialized ultrasound school in the country, the Cardiovascular Institute. Her commitment to advancing healthcare education continued with the founding of the Cure Center for Ultrasound Research and Education (CURE), a for-profit institution focused on ultrasound education.

Karen is also a Harvard Medical School Global Healthcare Leader and co-founder of the Global Healthcare Leaders Foundation (www.ghl.foundation). She serves on the faculty at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, where she developed the Nussbaumer Method, a specialized two-day course in vascular ultrasound mastery for physicians, named by UCSD in honor of her teachings. This method is recognized and taught at UCSD, helping to advance the skills of healthcare professionals nationwide.

Additionally, Karen established Cure Scientific, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to medical research without the use of animals. Learn more about our mission at Cure Scientific.

Addressing Radiation Exposure and Patient Safety

Our approach to diagnostic education prioritizes non-radiative methods to ensure patient safety, particularly for vulnerable populations like children. Historically, the medical field has used radiative techniques with significant risks, including:​

ADOM Academy is committed to changing this narrative by providing non-radiative alternatives and promoting patient choice and consent.

Where We Went Wrong

The history of medical radiology is marked by significant harm due to a lack of understanding of the risks associated with radiation. Here are some of the notable missteps:

  1. X-Raying Pregnant Women: In the past, pregnant women were subjected to x-rays despite evidence that even a single x-ray can cause fetal malformations. Alarmingly, some doctors continue this practice despite the known risks​(CancerInfo)​.

  2. Shoe Fitting with X-Rays: Decades ago, shoe stores used x-rays to ensure shoes fit properly. This practice was discontinued after it was linked to cancer​ (CancerInfo)​.

  3. Tricho Treatments: Reserved for the wealthy, tricho (facial hair removal via x-ray) was popular until it was linked to cancers over 45 years later​ (MDPI)​.

  4. Pneumoencephalography: This painful procedure involved introducing air into the brain’s ventricles for imaging purposes and was forced on patients without choice.

  5. Mandatory Radiative Tests: Patients are often compelled to undergo mammograms, x-rays, and CT scans without being offered safer alternatives like ultrasound. There is also no tracking of cumulative radiation exposure, posing significant long-term health risks.

  6. Radiating Baby Teeth: This practice involved exposing children's developing teeth to radiation, a method that has been linked to various health complications.

  7. Roentgen's Discoveries: Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, the discoverer of X-rays, did not realize the dangers of radiation exposure. His wife reportedly suffered from severe radiation burns, and many early radiologists, including Roentgen, faced significant health issues due to radiation exposure.

  8. Marie Curie: The pioneering researcher in radioactivity, Marie Curie, died from aplastic anemia, a condition linked to her prolonged exposure to high levels of radiation during her research.

  9. Thomas Edison's Assistant, Clarence Dally: Dally was one of the first known victims of radiation exposure, suffering severe radiation burns and eventually dying from cancer due to his work with X-rays.

  10. Early Radiologists: Many early radiologists, including Edison's assistant and others like Eben Byers, who promoted radium water as a health tonic, suffered severe health issues, including cancer, amputations, and death.

  11. Fluoroscopy for Shoe Fitting: This practice involved repeated exposure to X-rays, which led to a significant number of cancers and other health issues among store clerks and customers.

  12. Radium Girls: Factory workers who painted watch dials with radium-based paint suffered from severe health issues, including bone fractures, necrosis of the jaw (radium jaw), and cancer due to ingesting radium paint.

 

The Importance of Non-Radiative Diagnostics

It is crucial to prioritize non-radiative diagnostics because we want to live healthier lives. The sooner we stop relying on radiative methods for diagnosis, the sooner we can mitigate the associated health risks and move towards a healthier population. Radiation exposure, especially from diagnostic procedures, has significant long-term health impacts, including an increased risk of cancer. By eliminating unnecessary radiation exposure, we can reduce these risks and promote overall well-being.

Furthermore, our goal is not just to treat diseases but to cure them. Traditional radiative diagnostics have limitations and associated risks that hinder our ability to achieve this goal. Radiation isn't working effectively for curing patients; instead, it often contributes to further health complications. We need new methods and new medicines to provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatments. One of the innovative approaches includes using non-radiative techniques to stop blood flow to tumors. This method can effectively shrink tumors and, in some cases, eliminate them without the harmful side effects of radiation. By embracing these new diagnostic tools and treatments, we can move closer to truly curing patients and improving their quality of life.

What We Are Working On: Diagnostology

ADOM Academy is pioneering a new profession: diagnostology. This role focuses on non-radiative diagnostic tools and techniques.

 

Diagnostology: The New Art and Science of Diagnosis

ADOM's first graduating class will be the first diagnostologist graduates in history. Although "diagnostologist" isn't a widely recognized or standardized medical profession, the term refers to a healthcare professional specializing in non-radiative diagnostic tools and ultrasound procedures. This specialized role, pioneered by ADOM founder, reflects a significant advancement in diagnostic medical education. The emerging role of an ADOM diagnostologist focuses primarily on using these methods for rapid and accurate diagnosis of a patient's illness or condition.

Diagnostologists will become highly specialized healthcare professionals trained through ADOM’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Vascular Technology with Diagnostology program. They will work collaboratively with pathologists, hematologists, histologists, oncologists, radiologists, and interventionalists, providing expert diagnostic support during ultrasound-guided clinical procedures. 

 including:

  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Using high-frequency sound waves to create detailed images for diagnosing and monitoring medical conditions.

  2. Vascular Technology: Evaluating the circulatory system to detect blood clots, blockages, and other vascular conditions.

  3. Echocardiography: Examining the heart’s structure and function using ultrasound.

  4. Biopsy Procedures: Guiding needle placement for tissue sampling using ultrasound.

  5. Aspiration and Centesis Procedures: Removing fluid or cells using ultrasound guidance.

  6. Intravascular and Intracardiac Ultrasound (IVUS and ICE): Providing detailed images of blood vessels and heart chambers.

  7. Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS): Enhancing ultrasound imaging with microbubble contrast agents.

  8. Hematology and Histology: Analyzing blood and tissues to diagnose diseases and understand pathological changes.

 

By focusing on these non-radiative methods, ADOM Academy is committed to advancing patient safety and improving diagnostic accuracy without the risks associated with traditional radiative diagnostics.

Radiation Statistics

To truly understand the urgency and importance of our mission, it's crucial to look at the stark realities of radiation exposure in diagnostic procedures. The following statistics and comparisons highlight the significant risks associated with traditional radiative diagnostics, particularly for children:

Risks of Diagnostic Radiation

  • 2% of all cancers in the US are attributed to CT scans【117†source】.

  • A single abdominal CT scan = 10,000 times the lowest diagnostic dose of 0.001 mSv.

  • With contrast, an abdominal CT scan is 20,000 times the lowest diagnostic dose.

  • Children's cancer risk from radiation is 3x higher than adults【118†source】.

  • Over 100 million CT scans are performed each year in the US【119†source】.

 

Radiation Dose from Diagnostic Procedures

  • Lowest Diagnostic Dose: 0.001 mSv

  • Chest X-Ray: 0.1 mSv

  • Head CT: 2 mSv

  • Abdominal CT (without contrast): 10 mSv

  • Abdominal CT (with contrast): 20 mSv

  • Full-Body CT (with contrast): 30 mSv

  • PET Scan: 25 mSv

  • Fluoroscopy for Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization: 135 mSv

  • Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer (Total 50 Gy): 50,000 mSv (across 26 sessions)

  • Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer (Total 74 Gy): 74,000 mSv (across 37 sessions)

  • Ultrasound: 0 mSv (non-radiative)

  • Note: 50 Gy radiation therapy = 50,000 mSv, which is 50,000,000 times the lowest diagnostic dose of 0.001 mSv.

  • Note: 74 Gy radiation therapy = 74,000 mSv, which is 74,000,000 times the lowest diagnostic dose of 0.001 mSv.

  • Note: 135 mSv fluoroscopy = 135,000 times the lowest diagnostic dose of 0.001 mSv.

Addressing the Shortage of Radiologists and Pathologists

The United States is facing a critical shortage of radiologists and pathologists. By 2033, the country could see a shortfall of nearly 42,000 radiologists and other clinical specialists. This shortage is compounded by an aging population and a significant portion of the current workforce nearing retirement age. More than 2 out of every 5 physicians in the U.S. will be 65 or older within the next decade, dramatically affecting the availability of medical professionals (AAMC)​(Diagnostic Imaging)​​ (AAMC)​.

Moreover, fewer medical students are choosing radiology as a specialty, exacerbating the shortage. Only 35% of medical students have completed a radiology rotation by graduation, indicating a need to promote radiology as a core rotation in medical school (Diagnostic Imaging)​ (Radiology Business)​. 

The healthcare industry is currently facing a significant shortage of radiologists and pathologists. This shortage is expected to surpass 35,000 by 2034, according to recent analyses. Factors contributing to this shortage include an aging population, the retirement of older physicians, and a lack of new medical students entering these fields​ (Diagnostic Imaging)​​ (Radiology Business)​​ (AAMC)​.

The shortage of radiologists and pathologists poses a severe threat to the timely and accurate diagnosis of medical conditions. This makes the role of diagnostologists even more critical. Without sufficient professionals to interpret diagnostic imaging and pathology results, patient care will suffer.

Importance of Choice and Consent in Medical Procedures

In today's healthcare system, patients often undergo procedures without being fully informed of the risks. It's imperative that patients have the right to make informed choices about their own bodies. Karen Nussbaumer is advocating for the DIRE Act (Diagnostic Ionizing Radiation Exposure Act), proposed legislation requiring clinicians to preemptively inform patients about the risks and side effects associated with ionizing radiation in diagnostic medical tests. This effort aims to reduce cancer and disease caused by ionizing radiation and to ensure that patients are fully aware of the potential consequences of their diagnostic tests.

Furthermore, many patients are unaware that they can be practiced on under anesthesia without their explicit consent. This lack of transparency is unacceptable, and it's vital that patients are given the information and autonomy they deserve. By supporting ADOM Academy, you are also supporting a broader movement towards patient empowerment and informed consent in medical procedures.

Historical and Current Issues with Radiative Practices

We must also remember the past and ongoing issues with radiative practices in medicine:

  • X-Raying Pregnant Women: In the past, pregnant women were frequently subjected to x-rays, a practice that has been proven to cause fetal malformations. Alarmingly, some doctors continue this practice despite the known risks.

  • X-Raying Feet for Shoe Fitting: Decades ago, shoe stores used x-rays to ensure shoes fit properly. This practice was discontinued after it was linked to cancer.

  • Tricho Treatments: Reserved for the wealthy, tricho (facial hair removal via x-ray) was popular until it was linked to cancers over 45 years later.

  • Pneumoencephalography: This painful procedure, which involved introducing air into the brain’s ventricles for imaging purposes, was forced on patients without choice.

  • Mandatory Mammograms and Radiative Tests: Many patients are compelled to undergo mammograms, x-rays, and CT scans without being offered safer alternatives like ultrasound. There is also no tracking of cumulative radiation exposure, posing significant long-term health risks.

  • Radiating Baby Teeth: This practice involved exposing children's developing teeth to radiation, a method that has been linked to various health complications.

 

ADOM Academy is committed to changing this narrative by providing non-radiative alternatives and promoting patient choice and consent.

ADOM Academy will alleviate these issues by providing non-radiative alternatives and promoting patient choice and consent. We must do this to safeguard future generations.

Making Strides to Same-Day Diagnosis and Same-Day Treatment

At ADOM Academy, we are dedicated to advancing diagnostology to achieve same-day diagnosis and treatment. With the advent of diagnostologists, we can expect rapid diagnosis, often within less than two hours. This swift diagnostic capability is crucial in reducing the anxiety and uncertainty patients face while waiting for their diagnosis. Additionally, it paves the way for immediate treatment planning and execution.

Same-day treatments are not just a possibility but an expectation. With the integration of non-radiative methods such as ultrasound-guided procedures, acupuncture, and infusion therapies, patients can receive the care they need without the delay typically associated with traditional diagnostic and treatment pathways. This approach ensures that patients are not only diagnosed quickly but also receive timely and effective treatments that avoid the harmful side effects of radiation. By focusing on methods that promote healing and minimize risk, such as stopping blood flow to tumors and using advanced non-radiative techniques, we can offer treatments that are both safe and effective, ensuring better outcomes and improved quality of life for our patients.

Non-Radiative Treatments

In addition to ultrasound-guided procedures and acupuncture, there are various non-radiative treatments that diagnostologists and the ADOM Academy can offer:

  1. Ultrasound Treatments: Use of therapeutic and diagnostic ultrasound for pain relief, tissue repair, and promoting blood flow. Emerging applications include high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for tumor ablation and other innovative treatments.

  2. Frequency Treatments: Emerging therapies using specific frequencies, such as LINUS (Low-Intensity Non-Invasive Ultrasound), which are being studied for treating conditions like leukemia and other cancers by disrupting cancer cell growth.

  3. Infusion Therapies: Administers medications or nutrients directly into the bloodstream, ensuring rapid and effective treatment without the need for radiative techniques.

  4. Massage Therapy: Helps in reducing pain, improving circulation, and promoting relaxation.

  5. Physical Therapy: Focuses on improving movement and managing pain through exercise, manual therapy, and other techniques.

  6. Occupational Therapy: Assists patients in developing, recovering, or maintaining daily living and work skills.

  7. Chiropractic Care: Involves spinal adjustments and manipulations to relieve pain and improve function.

  8. Nutrition and Diet Counseling: Tailors dietary plans to support overall health and recovery.

  9. Herbal Medicine: Uses plant-based treatments for various ailments and to promote health.

  10. Hydrotherapy: Utilizes water in different forms (steam, ice, liquid) to relieve pain and treat illnesses.

  11. Yoga and Meditation: Enhances physical and mental health through mindful movement and relaxation techniques.

  12. Biofeedback Therapy: Helps patients control bodily processes that are normally involuntary, such as muscle tension and heart rate.

  13. Exercise Programs: Customized fitness plans to improve health and manage conditions without the use of radiation.

 

By incorporating these non-radiative treatments, we aim to provide a holistic approach to healthcare that prioritizes patient safety and wellness. Our goal is to reduce dependency on radiative methods, promote faster recovery times, and enhance the overall patient experience.

Financial Plan and How to Honor Contributions

We are seeking $30 million to fund scholarships for 500 students across 10 locations, with $3 million allocated per location. Your contribution will enable 500 students to receive tuition-free education in diagnostic medical sonography and vascular technology. These students will be trained in advanced, non-radiative diagnostic techniques, making them invaluable assets in the medical field.

Why Tuition-Free Education is Vital

Providing tuition-free education is crucial to ensure that our students can focus entirely on their learning without the burden of financial stress. This freedom to learn is essential for fostering the next generation of diagnostologists who will be equipped to address the critical shortages in radiology and pathology. The urgency of this moment cannot be overstated; there is no other time but now. Karen Nussbaumer, with her wealth of experience and pioneering spirit, recognizes that this is her last opportunity to make a profound impact on the world of medical diagnostics. By supporting tuition-free education, we ensure that her legacy continues through the students who will carry forward her mission of improving diagnostic accuracy and patient care.

Why Invest in ADOM Academy?

  1. Transforming Healthcare Education: Your contribution will enable 500 students to receive tuition-free education in diagnostic medical sonography and vascular technology. These students will be trained in advanced, non-radiative diagnostic techniques, making them invaluable assets in the medical field.

  2. Pioneering Non-Radiative Diagnostics: By supporting our program, you will be at the forefront of a movement towards safer diagnostic practices. Our focus on non-radiative methods, such as ultrasound and advanced imaging techniques, significantly reduces the risks associated with radiation exposure.

  3. Enhancing Patient Safety: Your investment will directly contribute to improving patient outcomes. Trained diagnostologists will work alongside doctors to ensure accurate and timely diagnoses, leading to better treatment plans and enhanced patient care.

  4. Recognition and Legacy: As a donor, your name can be associated with scholarships, laboratories, and libraries. You will have the opportunity to define who receives the funds, ensuring that deserving students benefit from your generosity. This is an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in the medical community, highlighting your commitment to advancing healthcare education and research.

  5. Customizable Honor and Recognition: We understand that each donor has unique preferences for recognition. You can choose how you wish to be honored, whether through named scholarships, dedicated research labs, library wings, or even specific student support programs. Your preferences will be carefully considered to ensure your contribution is recognized in a meaningful and impactful way.

  6. Supporting Future Medical Leaders: Our graduates will be equipped with cutting-edge knowledge and skills, ready to contribute to the medical field. Your support helps create a new generation of diagnostologists who will lead the way in non-radiative diagnostics and innovative patient care.

  7. Expanding Our Vision: Beyond education, your investment will help establish ADOM treatment centers focused on non-radiative treatments, including acupuncture and ultrasound therapies. These centers will serve as hubs for research and development, furthering our mission to provide safe and effective medical care.

 

Contact Information

Karen Nussbaumer
Email: adom@adomacademy.com
Phone: 1 855 ONE ADOM (663 2366)
Websites: ADOM AcademyCure ScientificCure Center for Ultrasound Research and EducationNussbaumer Method

References

  1. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/radiation-exposure/medical-radiation.html

  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2639917/

  3. https://www.fda.gov/radiation-emitting-products/medical-x-ray-imaging/computed-tomography-ct

  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3496782/

  5. https://www.acr.org/-/media/ACR/Files/Bulletin/2020-Bulletin-Archives/January-2020-Bulletin/ACRBulletin-January2020.pdf

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