Finally Checked Out My CT Images

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Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby BrownBagger » Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:49 pm

They handed me a disk of my scans after my last CT and I stuck it on a shelf at home because I really didn't want to look at and get freaked out before getting the results from my doctor. And then, when the results looked kind of bad, I didn't really want to look at them, either. Now, with news that whatever that thing is on my lung, it's probably not a tumor, I finally decided to relax and check out the pics.

Pretty cool. My understanding of anatomy is pretty rudimentary, but clicking through the hundreds of image slides is fascinating. After awhile, it's easier to pick out individual organs. The bones look pretty neat as well.

One question: Where's my penis? It's not like I expected it to dominate the scans (though that would be nice), but it's not even visible. Glad the tech was a guy.
Eric, 58
Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
Recurrences: (ongoing, lung, bronchial cavity, ribs)
Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
Pelvic radiation: 5 wks. Bronchial radiation—brachytheray: 3 treatments
Chemo Rounds (career):136
Current Chemo Cocktail: Xeloda & Erbitux & Irinotecan biweekly
Current Cocktail; On the Wagon (mostly)
Bicycle miles post-dx 10,477
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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby BrownBagger » Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:52 pm

OK, Fletch, CRGuy and Joey, I'll save you guys the trouble: "That's what she said."
Eric, 58
Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
Recurrences: (ongoing, lung, bronchial cavity, ribs)
Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
Pelvic radiation: 5 wks. Bronchial radiation—brachytheray: 3 treatments
Chemo Rounds (career):136
Current Chemo Cocktail: Xeloda & Erbitux & Irinotecan biweekly
Current Cocktail; On the Wagon (mostly)
Bicycle miles post-dx 10,477
Motto: Live your life like it's going to be a long one, because it just might, and then you'll be glad you did.

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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby hopeful » Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:12 pm

BrownBagger wrote:OK, Fletch, CRGuy and Joey, I'll save you guys the trouble: "That's what she said."


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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby salysue » Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:19 pm

You are waaaaay too funny! But you made my day :D

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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby Bev G » Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:25 pm

Hi Eric:

Well, where the heck is CR today??? I have literally been trying to think of some smart ass thing to say for hours, and I got nothin'!!! Usually when you, Fletch or CR posts something there are a deluge of responses within minutes :) :) :) Your question about no penis on your CT, pretty much no one has anything to say about that provocative question!

Could it be that you have "touched" on something that has had everyone scurrying off? :oops:

To think you have a penis! Or do you?

LOL, Bev
58 yo Type1 DM 48 years
12/09 Stage IV 2/22 nodes + liver met, colon resec
3 tx FOLFIRI, liver resec 4/10
9/10 6 mos off chemo, Neg PET&CTC CEA nl
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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby BrownBagger » Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:32 pm

Yeah, I do. It's gotten me into trouble on more than one occasion.

I think everyone's out enjoying this beautiful weather.

Any place where people talk about the color of their poop, I'm not going to be inhibited.
Eric, 58
Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
Recurrences: (ongoing, lung, bronchial cavity, ribs)
Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
Pelvic radiation: 5 wks. Bronchial radiation—brachytheray: 3 treatments
Chemo Rounds (career):136
Current Chemo Cocktail: Xeloda & Erbitux & Irinotecan biweekly
Current Cocktail; On the Wagon (mostly)
Bicycle miles post-dx 10,477
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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby joeyooser » Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:33 pm

Must be unusually *soft* tissue :D or something so it didn't show on the scan. I've never been offered a disk with the images but one of my radiologists is in my poker group so I may have to ask him about it. Glad to hear the lungs are clean.
Tim
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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby Bev G » Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:36 pm

Hey! Tim is really funny, too! I cannot believe that Fletch has not checked in on this. I am strangely disappointed :wink:
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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby BrownBagger » Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:41 pm

Fletch is nursing a major hangover from his "beer tent" excursion last night. CRG is probably crashing following his latest infusion and dex letdown, or he's out on the town in Vancouver (which must be absolutely beautiful this time of year--as all others). I spent the afternoon getting the garden squared away. Didn't even take a bike ride. My babies needed me.

I wouldn't say the lungs are exactly "clean," Tim, but they apparently don't contain any tumors. That kind of made my weekend.
Eric, 58
Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
Recurrences: (ongoing, lung, bronchial cavity, ribs)
Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
Pelvic radiation: 5 wks. Bronchial radiation—brachytheray: 3 treatments
Chemo Rounds (career):136
Current Chemo Cocktail: Xeloda & Erbitux & Irinotecan biweekly
Current Cocktail; On the Wagon (mostly)
Bicycle miles post-dx 10,477
Motto: Live your life like it's going to be a long one, because it just might, and then you'll be glad you did.

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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby SkiFletch » Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:11 pm

BrownBagger wrote:OK, Fletch, CRGuy and Joey, I'll save you guys the trouble: "That's what she said."


Damnit, you beat me to it :D

Sorry I'm late to the party, I've actually not really been nursing a hangover, despite drinking 64 ounces of delicious beer last night. I have instead become a slave to the structure commonly known as "my house". Anyway Eric, I'm not sure what the problem is, mine shows up plain as day in my scan... You can see it right after the femurs come into focus. Maybe you need some reading glasses or something? ;)

Ok, that was a low blow, I admit it. I will say though it can be hard to notice depending on the way it's resting during the scan. Did you get horizontal slices, vertical slices, or both? It's easier to see in the horizontal ones ;)

I personally can't wait to see my most recent scan pics. Will be nice to see what Fletch 2.0 looks like without abnormalities
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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby CRguy » Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:14 am

BrownBagger wrote:OK, Fletch, CRGuy and Joey, I'll save you guys the trouble: "That's what she said."

Whoa !! ...moi ????? :oops: :oops: :oops:

BrownBagger wrote: CRG is probably crashing following his latest infusion and dex letdown, ...

Alas is not to be until Wed. kind sir... instead 'twas navigating the greater realm, in vigilant search of said missing appendage ...and found it not !

Alas and alack...or perhaps a lack ??? 'nuff said.. to bed !

In Harmonious regards, fair maids and kind sirs.
("Say goodnight, Dick.")
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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby LMG » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:59 am

Well Eric, my best guess would be that your first thought that perhaps it may dominate the image just may be correct, therefore, they thought it best to "airbrush" it out, so not to distract from viewing the other "organs"!! :lol: :wink:

I love this forum, although there is much sadness, there are also the posts that put a smile on our faces!!

So glad to hear the lung thingy doesn't look serious!! I wish I had had the desire to look at my pictures when my onc would bring them up on the screen....I always looked away and would just let him describe them to me!! I am such a chicken!!!

All the best!!
Lynn
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(3 primary cancers since 2000)
Dx Aug/07 CC mets to liver + Abd. wall
32" of bowel removed /resected
24 LNs ckd/clear
18 rounds 5FU/Leuc/Irinitican
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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby BrownBagger » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:13 am

I've got a cornball sense of humor, I know, but I find it helpful to always try to see some humor in difficult situations. Just another perspective.

If we can't laugh, we truly are doomed.
Eric, 58
Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
Recurrences: (ongoing, lung, bronchial cavity, ribs)
Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
Pelvic radiation: 5 wks. Bronchial radiation—brachytheray: 3 treatments
Chemo Rounds (career):136
Current Chemo Cocktail: Xeloda & Erbitux & Irinotecan biweekly
Current Cocktail; On the Wagon (mostly)
Bicycle miles post-dx 10,477
Motto: Live your life like it's going to be a long one, because it just might, and then you'll be glad you did.

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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby Ivona » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:41 am

Good for you for bein' able to identify most of your body parts on the CT pic. I have a CD as well...and other than my pelvis, ribs and backbone...I can't identify much. BUT I will tell you that my boobs are visible!
And they are SOFT tissue....so..... :roll:
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Re: Finally Checked Out My CT Images

Postby starbuck30 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:23 am

Ha! Ivona's boobs trump Eric's penis. I mean, I don't want to go off "half-cocked" and make assumptions, or anything, but maybe it was unusually cold in the radiology dept during your scan? :wink:
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