Melissa Kopolow McCall, mom of a daughter with hydrocephalus, was among the featured speakers at the 9th Annual Medical Imaging Technology Showcase in Washington, D.C. on April 10th. McCall, who co-chairs the D.C. WALK to End Hydrocephalus, shared the challenges her family has faced throughout her daughter’s journey with hydrocephalus, and how imaging technology impacted her diagnosis and ongoing treatment.
The showcase, which was hosted by the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research (ACADRAD), highlighted advances in cutting-edge medical imaging technology through hands-on displays, academic research posters, and presentations by researchers and patients. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who co-chairs the House Medical Technology Caucus, was also among the featured speakers.
McCall’s 6-year-old daughter Abagail was born prematurely at 25 weeks and developed hydrocephalus after suffering a brain bleed as a result of a pulmonary embolism at just 2 days old. Abagail has had 12 shunt-related brain surgeries.
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