Sunday, October 15, 2006

Repost Sunday: Help, I'm Stuck In The MRI Machine

I rerun some of my older posts on Sundays as a way to highlight stories that you may have missed. Just think of it as 'thought recycling' and a day off. This was originally posted July 26, 2006.

There is a new report out I saw courtesy of Reuters that says an increasing percentage of Americans do not X-Ray well. I suppose this is similar to not photographing well? It is well documented that we Americans are getting fatter. This trend has caught up with the medical imaging community. What I’m beating around the bush about is that Americans are becoming too fat to X-Ray.

Yep, not only has America gained weight to the point that we need extra medical attention every year, we can now no longer get the valuable imaging we need to identify if we have the problems brought on by the obesity in the first place! As we become thicker, it gets more difficult to penetrate our bodies for an image. Some folks also no longer fit into the CT or MRI tubes. The X-Ray crisis (my label only, it’s not official) includes traditional X-Rays, CT Scans, MRIs and even ultrasounds.

I bet this puts doctors and medical imagers in a pretty awkward position. Can you imagine having to tell a sick patient during an ultrasound that all you see is comparable to not getting reception on a television? How about having to call for backup when a patient becomes lodged in the CT tube? I can hear it now: “If I could just budge it another inch, we’d be able to see the spleen!”

Of course this is America and we are a capitalistic society. Companies are already beginning to manufacture and market larger imaging systems, which is quite a relief. As I get older and my metabolism slows way down, I know I can have my medical imaging done courtesy of the current best selling system, The Ultra Ultrasound 5.0.

10 comments:

Odat said...

I just hope they do the same thing for subway seating...I'm getting tired of being crushed by that fat guy that keeps sitting down next to me...lololol............

Peace

PARLANCHEQ said...

Uh-oh. This is bad because I recently 'failed' a CT. They said it was because I didn’t hold my breath or something, but now I think they were just too nice to tell me I need to lose a few pounds. ;)

mist1 said...

I always hope they'll get my good side. I studied Paris Hilton. I have that one look that works for me.

Ra Ra Ra Bunggio said...

geez... I better keep wrestling (for my metabolism), or else all the injuries I'll sustain from wrestling won't show up from the scan.

Kristin said...

The Ultra Ultrasound 5.0... isn't Tom Cruise hoarding all of those?

Michael C said...

Odat: I'm sure public transportation can't be too far behind!

Parlancheq: I "failed" one a while back too ;-)

Mist: I'm sure the MRI tech appreciates that very much.

Ra Ra: Yes, I'm only 32 but Ic an tell you to stay active at all costs!

Kristin: I think Mr. Cruise bought up all of the Elitist Ultrasound 5.0s

ShadowFalcon said...

forget the MRI, why can't they make aeoplane seats fit normal people the last time I felt comfortable in one was when I was 6 years old.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

hey! are you calling my fat ass fat? (smile) bee

ChiefMommy Owl said...

I find a little olive oil goes a long way getting me through that MRI machine.

Sara

C said...

Suck it in.