Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Ginger, Chili and a Bone Scan

I was at the University Hospital's Nuclear Medicine facility to get a bone scan.  It's a 2 step process.  In the morning, they took some initial images of the area - in this case my foot.  Then they injected a radioactive dye or tracer. 

Apparently the radioactive substance gathers in areas of inflammation or disease.  It takes about 4 hours for the stuff to travel around the body. We decided to walk around the grounds a bit and I had a grande chai tea - I was supposed to drink lots to flush it out of my system.

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At noon, we went for lunch at Ginger and Chili.  The place was packed with neighbourhood people and a group of soldiers.  While my lunch of Singapore noodles was good, Big J's Chicken and Cashews was not.  In fact, you could've called it Chicken Fat and Cashews.

After lunch, I went back to get the scan.  They took images of the feet from every angle - the scanner is like a big split-open donut on an extendable arm and the camera revolves around you.  To stop you from inadvertently moving, they velcro and pad the part to be scanned. 

They did two scans.  The first one took about half an hour, and the camera stopped every few inches - there were 30 different images from all angles.  Then they did another scan with the camera spinning quite quickly without stopping.


No images available yet and I've been advised not to cross the border for 2 weeks due to being radioactive.


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6 comments:

  1. That's quite a process. I hope you are in the clear!

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  2. Hi Melanie: Still waiting for the results - I could see that there was something on the camera, but what?

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  3. I pray all is well for you. Waiting for test results can be unbearable I know.

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    1. Thanks Sandi - I've heard nothing yet so maybe it's all good.

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  4. hmmmmm, I´m sure that I commented on this but it does not show up...


    Hope that everything is okay andam sending lots of love your way xoxoxox

    Love, Mom...

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    1. Sometimes blogger does weird things - I almost lost the entire blog one time because it kept inserting junk in the html.

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