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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PET Scan Boy

Valhalla sky as we left for MGH
The Amazing Bob had a PET scan yesterday morning. I kept thinking “oh damn, we left Coco and Rocco at home. Should’ve brought them in too.”

And then I read the helpful poster which explained that
A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that uses a radioactive substance called a tracer to look for disease in the body.
 PET scans can be used to diagnose a health condition, as well as for finding out how an existing condition is developing. PET scans are often used to see how effective an ongoing treatment is.

This was TAB's halfway-through-chemo check up point. I imagine we’ll get the results on Thursday when we're in for the next infusion. Jen, our resident cancer vet, tells us that the test measures how the cancer has, to date, responded to the chemo drugs. She assured us that, if the meds aren’t doing their job, there’s no need to fret. The chemo chemists (AKA Magicians) will tweak the cocktail until things are zooming along successfully.

OK. I’ll keep my fear and panic down to barely perceptible fireworks...for now.

We were in the same department where Pedi Imaging are done. I thought Huh??? Are these:

1) Scans of the feet as in “having a mani-pedi done?”

Ahhhh, no.

2) Do pedophiles undergo computed tomography here to see what makes them so bizarrely, horrifically maladjusted?


I wonder if an MRI would show that a pedophile’s brain is wired differently? There was the small study done at Germany’s University of Kiel (handily summarized here) which says yes.

What could this mean? What would be the application? Will we all have exams done at 12 or 14 to see whether we’re incipient criminals a la Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report? (an awesomely scary, creepy story and movie, by the by. WELL worth reading and seeing!) And then, if you’re poor, you’re locked up? If you’re from money you get treatment?

As uzh, I digress.

Perhaps this Pedi scan is:

3) specifically for children—a pediatric scan? Ding, ding, ding! We have a winnah!

Yes, yez, I do indeedy get distracted by all manner of everything while having a stressful MGH day (and what time spent at MGH isn’t stressful?).
The Beach Boys—Wouldn't it be Nice

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