Dr Gow qualified from Liverpool Medical School in 1994. He completed his neurology training in the North West of England before being appointed as Consultant at the Greater Manchester Neuroscience Centre in 2005. He developed a peripheral nerve unit serving a population of 4.5 million and subsequently became Clinical lead of Neurology. He was also active in medical education and held an Honorary Senior lecturer post at the University of Manchester. In April 2014 he moved to New Zealand with his family to take up a role with the Southern DHB. Whilst passionate about general neurology, He maintains an ongoing research and clinical interest in peripheral neuropathy and serves on the medical advisory board for the Guillain – Barré Syndrome Support Group NZ. He also has a strong interest in junior medical training and is a pre-vocational educational supervisor at SDHB. Outside of work he is a keen sports fan and is involved in senior soccer in the Dunedin area.
Neurology: When The Scan Does Not Give Us The Answer
Amazing advances in neuroimaging have taken place over the last 2 decades which have led to more accurate diagnosis of numerous neurological conditions. Indeed, it would not be an overstatement to say that the investigation and management of conditions such as MS have become totally reliant on MRI for making the diagnosis as early as possible and monitoring the effects of new immunomodulatory treatments. Indeed we can easily forget how clinicians of yester year had to rely on clinical symptoms and signs without the recourse to today’s vast array of imaging techniques. It can be helpful therefore to pause and focus on areas of neurology where the diagnosis does not rest on imaging but rather on clinical grounds to remind us of the importance of core clinical skills. We will explore using case based discussions areas of neurology where the MRI scan has been reported as normal……..