Thursday, September 23, 2010

X-Ray Vision

I went to see a foot specialist on Tuesday about the issue(s) I'm having with my right foot. She ordered up a few x-rays. When they were all done, they burned those images to a disc and handed it to me as I was on my way out the door. Has this been general practice for a while? I suppose I don't get x-rays often enough. Either way, it's cool as heck.

My feet!
The x-rays were inconclusive; hairline stress fractures don't normally appear on x-rays until after the fissue begins to heal. (The "new bone" material that your body produces is more dense than the surrounding bone.) I may not have been able to learn much from the image above, but it is crazy/cool to think about. I should've been a radiologist.

The next step up from an x-ray is an MRI, which I had done yesterday. I was a little bit worried I wouldn't be able to keep still for the full hour the scan takes, but it wasn't so bad. The elevator music they were piping in to the chamber put me right to sleep. When they were all done, I packed up and was about to head out when they, too, handed me a disc. Sweet!

When I got home from work, I loaded it into my computer and opened it up. The resulting file showed four-panel image of my foot from the top, bottom, left and right. Using the scroll wheel, I was able to cycle through "slices" of my foot. Pretty cool stuff. I wish I knew more about reading this stuff, though - it's so freakin' interesting.

This is my freakin' foot!
The doctor's apparently going to review these scans today and chat with the specialist over the next few days. I have a follow-up scheduled for Tuesday of next week, but I am going to make a few quick phone calls to see if I can learn anything this afternoon or tomorrow. I'd really like to know what it is I'm dealing with, here.