Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cat Scans

Last week I went for my 1 year cat scan, 1 year since my cancer was found. I have always had mixed feelings about this procedure, it doesn't hurt but it is very emotional to alot of people, including me. When I experience my first scan.....it was full body scan to see if there was more than one tumor. I became in tears while in the large tubular circle machinery that  repeatedly "jur clunked" with every photo, I was  thinking...."Yep, it's checking everything, checking, checking and more checking." The technician told me, (she wasn't to diagnose) that she saw what was indicated on the file, and just that. Whew! Happinnnnnesss!
My scan last week was the same exact scan except with this time...... I looked in the window directly above my head and  my thought was, "Go ahead, I dare you, just dare you."
I will find out the results this week, I didn't expect any word from the tech.

Cat scans (Tomography) are series of 2D x-rays that are computer generated to 3D images. The slices of photos are taken around a single axis of rotation.

 To have a gastric scan the patient must drink a solution of iodine called contrast, it makes certain suspect areas glow as in the one x-ray shown above. It is a cat scan image showing 3 tumors on the kidneys.
This is the 3D image of a skull. MRI's, to the best of my knowledge, already take 3D X-rays. They are not as available as cat scans.
The maximum dose of gamma globules rays (whatever it is!) is 3 per year. A cat scan doses between 3-8 each procedure. I knew one scan equaled 400 chest x-rays but I did not know about the recommended limited exposure formula. 
 I can't tell you how many I've had in the past year. BTW, did you know they cause cancer?

No, really.....C&G Design

Words and photos by Dawn, C&G Design.


tina said...

There was a lot of controversy recently about the doses of radiation patients receive but the outcome was that the benefits far outweighed the risks. I hope your scan come back clean. How dare that cancer come back after all you've gone through!? Take care!

Debbie said...

Oh Dawn I know you are cancer free! You have been through enough and you are a totally different woman as a result of it....you and stronger!! I continue to pray for you and always will. You fought hard and I know you are going to be just fine!!

Nancy said...

Sending positive thoughts your way! You are so brave. I don't think I could get in one of those things.

CA is having very comfortable weather compared to my summer in Vermont, no humidity here! :-) Off to New Orleans soon for a visit where I'm sure we will baste.

Skeeter said...

We get Cat Scans every day but of a different kind. I prefer my Sheba Scans over these any day. I know you are c-free!

Lola said...

Good for you Girl. You are fine. I do so hope that a cure is found for that awful C.
Will continue to pray for you & family. They suffer too.

Jean Merriman said...

Just got home, long day and I am very tired. You better post tomorrow!!!!

Funny, Skeeter.