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Scanning for signs of life....

In my head!

So, for those of you who hadn't heard, I had a CT scan today.  *yea*  Okay, so this is something that most people wouldn't be all that excited about, but we learned about them in Imaging Science class, so I thought it would be nifty to be scanned since I know/knew how it works.

The timeline went something like this:

9.00 - Left work
9.13 - Arrived at Hospital
9.15 - Checked in
9.20 - Filled out paper work
9.23 - Waited
9.35 - Got scanned
9.45 - Was done
10 - Back at work

Now, the scan it self was pretty cool.  They just did my head, so it only took about 5 minutes.  The machine itself is a big ring with a table/bed attached to it.  You lay on the table and put your head in a U-shaped thing that does not hold your head in place and then the table moves back and forth through the ring.  (picture)
Now, when someone says don't move your head it sounds easy.  It's not.  Trust me.  That was probably the hardest part.  At first, the table moved slowly and with my eyes closed, it felt like I had traveled really far (physical illusion??) but I'd only gone a few inches when I opened my eyes.  Then after that, the table kinda jerked back and forth... hard to explain.  And it went on just a few more times than would have been tolerable, but it was just an annoyance so it didn't hurt or make me feel sick.  The whole process made my head tingle.. and it's still tingling a bit.  I don't know if this was from begin zapped with short-length rays or from having to hold my head so still and kind of tensing up.  Either way, kinda weird.  And that was it.  Nothing all that exciting, but definitely a good experiance to have. :-)  So there's the write up for Heather.


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Sep. 23rd, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)
Did I miss a post somewhere? Why the hell did you have a CT scan? Also, I don't think your head is supposed to tingle...
Sep. 23rd, 2004 09:04 am (UTC)
Nope, you didn't miss anything...I didn't post about it.

I've been having some pretty bizarre headaches, so the nuerologist I went to on Tuesday (for other reasons) suggested I have one done. (Bizarre Headache = starts like someone hit me somewhere(in changes) in the head with a hammer... lasts for about twenty minutes and then I have this eyeball pressure thing)

I think the tingling was from having to keep my head so still and I was kinda getting tense.
Sep. 23rd, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
If they made you drink anything or injected you with anything beforehand, that might have caused the tingling. According to <a href="http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=ct%20scan>this</a>, sometimes they give you an iodine contrast to improve the scan results.
Sep. 23rd, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)
Argh, stupid quotation marks.
Sep. 23rd, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
Nope, they didn't have me drink anything.

Sep. 23rd, 2004 09:32 am (UTC)
Interesting. Thanks.
Sep. 23rd, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
An MRI is also fun. Lay in a tube for an hour with the top of it all of 8 inches above your face. What a blast. =P I've had 2: one for my knee, and I think the other was for my hip... Not sure about that, though.
Sep. 23rd, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC)
when do you find out the results?
Sep. 23rd, 2004 07:39 pm (UTC)
oops, meant to ask that. thx. 8-Þ
Sep. 23rd, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC)
The doctor will know sometime tomorrow and he's going to call me.
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