Friday, March 8, 2013

Great radiology reports

From a thoracic spine MRI:

"Degenerative changes are seen at T3, T4, and TSH."

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Taking sales rep boasting to a whole new level: "Our new MRI is able to detect 100% more Hormones than those of our competitors, think of all the blood drawings you could avoid..."

Tassiegal said...

TSH? Thats good... last I heard it was only able to be done via the yellow or red routes!

Kim said...

I have been taking thyroid medication for almost 20 years and I don't recall ever having an MRI on my spine done to check my TSH levels!

Moose said...

The spine bone is connected to the thyroid bone?!

That explains so much about me...

K said...

That made me laugh :D Sometimes you go on autopilot.

Jaxxy said...

They can test your thyroid hormones by MRI now? Sweet!

ndenunz said...

Now the imaging center can bill for an MRI of the thoracic spine AND the thyroid. Ka-ching

Stacey Gordon said...

Most likely scenario: Voice rec may have heard T7-8 as TSH

Library-Gryffon said...

@Stacey Gordon, that's sort of what I was thinking. Or maybe it's an entry for "damn you, autocorrect!". A comment on another blog I read had had the name "Tam" changed to "Myer" by the poster's phone.

Ms. Donna said...

Stacey, I bet Dr. G with his experience of "Draggin" Dictate, can confirm that as a possible cause for the blunder.

BUT aren't people supposed to proof this stuff? Lives are at stake.

Anonymous said...

Yep, yet another fine example of the neuro-endocrine feedback loop system at work.

Now, when we check your thyroid labs the results will also spit out an MRI report, works both ways.

Elmo said...

You know how it is, you get to a certain age and everything starts going wrong at once.

(Actually it looks like it could be a text-expander generated error to me.)

Anonymous said...

Damnit Jim, I'm not an endocrinologist!

BobF said...

Five spine surgeries and umpteen MRIs and X-rays pre and post -- I KNEW they missed something!!

Anonymous said...

I design medical software...Some of our Urologist customers started using a certain voice-recognition software dictation system, and suddenly they were documenting "a reptile dysfunction" a lot.

This made me wonder...Is a Dragon a reptile?

Don said...

Is a Dragon a reptile?

It depends on the author and the mythos involved.

Some dragons have a reputation for sunning themselves on hot rocks, like giant lizards. Leading some to believe they are reptiles.

Others have hot smoking blood, meaning they are exothermic not cold blooded, therefore, not reptiles.

Since paleontologists now believe that many dinosaurs were warm-blooded, put me in the not-reptile camp.

The only known species of dragon, currently not extinct, the Kimodo Dragons, are definitely reptiles.

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

Gotta love DragonSpeak. My fav is when I say "patient" and it types "Haitian".

"34 year old Haitain seen today..."

One day, half my patients were Haitain.

 
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