Friday, May 20, 2016

Bad to the Bone--Or Just Bad Bones?

The post I had planned for today isn't ready yet. I have a cold/allergies/sinus trouble, not sure which. And on top of that, I spend most of the day Wednesday at the hospital with Collin, who had to have a full-body bone scan ordered by the orthopedic surgeon to hopefully figure out why he still can't walk normally. Collin did request--and receive--a CD of the full-body images, but they didn't include the closeups of his feet. As you can see below, they're lit up on the scan as if he were wearing Day-Glo sneakers!




The test, for those of you who have never had one, is done in the hospital's nuclear medicine department. The website Patient describes it this way:


Bone scans use radionuclides to detect areas of the bone which are growing or being repaired. A radionuclide (sometimes called a radioisotope or isotope) is a chemical which emits a type of radioactivity called gamma rays. A tiny amount of radionuclide is put into the body, usually by an injection into a vein.

Cells which are most 'active' in the target tissue or organ will take up more of the radionuclide. So, active parts of the tissue will emit more gamma rays than less active or inactive parts.

Gamma rays are similar to X-rays and are detected by a device called a gamma camera. The gamma rays which are emitted from inside the body are detected by the gamma camera. The rays are then converted into an electrical signal and sent to a computer. The computer builds a picture by converting the differing intensities of radioactivity emitted into different colours or shades of grey.

For example, areas of the target organ or tissue which emit lots of gamma rays may be shown as red spots ('hot spots') on the picture on the computer monitor. Areas which emit low levels of gamma rays may be shown as blue ('cold spots'). Various other colours may be used for 'in between' levels of gamma rays emitted.

We won't know the results until Collin sees the doctor next week, but my immediate concern is that he may have gotten a bit too much gamma radiation.... 



27 comments:

  1. Those ankles are pretty lit up!

    "Collin Smash!"

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  2. Nice glowing shoes. Hugs to you both. Who knows what is going on when things don't heal right. Prayers.

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    1. Thanks, Mari! We'll know more when we see the doctor on Tuesday.

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  3. Hope Collin gets back to normal walking soon. Nice photos but your intellectual description is stellar. You could write a hospital novel.

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    1. I didn't write that, Eve. As noted above, it came from the website Patient.

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  4. Hahah, on the gamma. As soon as you said that I was right there with you, and Hulk popped into my head.

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    1. It's been a running joke with us ever since we found out the test would use gamma radiation!

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  5. Wow. Wild glowing feet. The pelvis looks like a giant bug head. Gamma is a trip!

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    1. He's a big guy. I'm surprises his collarbone shows no sign of having been broken (old injury).

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  6. So he's turning into the Hulk?

    Naw. He wouldn't have problems walking if that were the case!

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  7. Well if this is an 'after photo' Norma I'd say you're right :) Hope the doctors get to the bottom of the problem soon, I'm finding things difficult also, probably my own fault for not resting my knee more :)

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    1. He had to use a cane to get to work this morning. The doctor suspects multiple fractures.

      You'd better take it easy yourself, Grace!

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    2. Spent the weekend in bed can you believe. Not so bad though because the weather was really wild. I knew you would like the parrot best :)

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  8. Well if this is an 'after photo' Norma I'd say you're right :) Hope the doctors get to the bottom of the problem soon, I'm finding things difficult also, probably my own fault for not resting my knee more :)

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  9. Interesting how this works, Norma. My husband has a hip that goes out and he has to lie on a bed or surface where he can hang the leg down until it "pops" back in. No fun. Hope Collin's doctors figure things out.

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    1. We'll know more when he sees the orthopedist tomorrow.

      I have a friend who had hip replacement. She was at the movies one night and her new hip popped out of the socket.

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  10. sending good thoughts your way

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  11. I hope the doctors can find out what is going on. And if he has had too much gamma radiation...nest not make him angry :)

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    1. And he's always been such a mellow sort!

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  12. He'll wake up a hybrid. Will keep him in my prayers.

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    1. Thanks, Shelly! He has to cut his work schedule, and I think he half expects to be fired for it.

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  13. Sorry I am so late but all hell is popping out here.
    I thought of the Hulk also and I don't even follow the comic.
    Yea me !
    But truly I hope Collin gets answers soon.

    Love Williams "Big Bang Theory" takeoff.

    Collin Smash !
    That is so funny just like Sheldon.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. The news was better than expected. Arthritis in both ankles and feet. It could have been a lot worse, so we're counting our blessings.

      I think gamma radiation will always be associated with Hulk!

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    2. The news was better than expected. Arthritis in both ankles and feet. It could have been a lot worse, so we're counting our blessings.

      I think gamma radiation will always be associated with Hulk!

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