Obituary: The radiologist who kept abreast of innovation

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Obituary: The radiologist who kept abreast of innovation

FREE TO READ | Dr Harry Said was ever the pioneer, with an unusual hunger for the latest medical technology

Chris Barron

Dr Harry Said, who has died in Johannesburg at the age of 84, was a pioneering diagnostic radiologist who was widely recognised by top surgeons and oncologists as one of the doyens of mammography in SA.

For many years he was an acknowledged leader in the early detection of breast cancers. His uncanny ability to pick out subtle abnormalities in X-rays and identify tiny cancers on mammogram and ultrasound that most doctors missed was legendary and saved many lives.

His meticulous eye for detail meant surgeons were able to perform the least invasive surgery, a lumpectomy instead of removing the whole breast. They loved him for it, as did his patients...

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