X-Ray Technology

October 16, 2008

Some of you who have known me for a while know my uncanny ability to get seriously injured during my time away from work. For the others, I’ll give some background:

1.A few years ago while racing SamF on ATVs, I managed to nearly destroy my wrist in a pretty nasty crash. My wrist was dislocated along with some of the bone being crushed as well; here is the X-ray before the put me back together. Luckily after a couple of months of “external fixation” they were able to put everything back in place. Yes, I wore that around the office and typed one handed for quite some time.

2.Last year I had another accident were ironically SamF was involved again. We were removing a trailer from the hitch of his truck before another ATV ride when the trailer slipped, landing on my leg leaving a significant cut in the back of my leg. Luckily I missed the tendon and quite a few stitches I was good as new (except the nasty scar left over).

3.Despite no ATVs trips and no longer hanging around SamF, I still managed to injure myself again recently. This time I broke my elbow (into 3 different pieces). While I wish I had a great story for this injury, this time I was just clumsy…. I slipped and fell on the dock at a marina. This time they fixed me up with “internal fixation” this time. Here is the X-ray of what my elbow looks like currently.

What I found most interesting during my last hospital visit was the advancement in X-ray technology over the past few years. Notice the wrist X-ray is the old standard film, while the elbow X-ray is digital. X-rays now are real time so the doctor can instantly see the picture as its being taken with no waiting for film development. The results were so instantaneous, I could see the grimacing look on the doctor’s face and knew it was bad before he could even get out the words “do you have an orthopedic surgeon you would like us to call?”

My only disappointment was that upon leaving the hospital after surgery the next day, they gave me a CD with the x-rays to bring to the doctor’s office. Why can’t they have a server at SoftLayer which stores the X-ray and allows the doctor’s office to download the files as necessary? I guess for now I’ll be happy with digital X-Rays finally, but somebody needs to work on this.


P.S. If you see a ticket update from me in the next couple of weeks with a typo, go easy on me. Typing one handed isn’t very easy.