A poll for those who have had scans

After a scan, some people read into the tech's glance and expression to see if you can get a clue
I do this and am convinced they know - 50.0%
I do this and am not sure if they know - 18.8%
I don't do it on purpose, but usually wind up doing it. - 6.3%
I don't do this - 25.0%
I used to do this and don't anymore - 0.0%

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   Posted 1/21/2006 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe this time the poll will post.

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   Posted 1/21/2006 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
One of my co-workers was a rad tech for a few years and according to her, they do usually know if it is something obvious. She also said they were taught to "look neutral' and to not reveal anything to the patient even if they ask. (So, from her, please don't ask the poor tech).
Of course, this is coming from me....who snuck a peek at my last uterine ultrasound and freaked out when I saw a huge bright spot....that turned out to be my full bladder! tongue   Good thing I am not a tech!

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   Posted 1/23/2006 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sure they know, they have been trained on what to look for. I usually chat with the tech and tell them how amazing it is to see everything, etc. and sometimes they have even pointed out things to me. Since my CTs have had to do with my hernia and the infection before hand there is really nothing they could tell me that they have no business discussing. But some people are black and white people and strictly adhere to the rules. I remember the last test I had for osteoporosis, the woman would say absolutely nothing, like it was a matter of life or death. The report was good, so why couldn't she have said that? She had the last results in front of her. Gees. MK

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   Posted 1/27/2006 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been through quite a few scans, and it really depends on the scan being done.  Usually if the tech is in the room with me, I am seeing what they see, and if there is something new or suspicious, they ask questions like, "have you been having trouble with your shoulder?" or "have you fallen recently?"
When the tech is not in the room, like for an MRI, I can't really tell from their expressions, and they don't ask questions.
Some of the old timers here have probably already heard this story, but...
When I had my original biopsies done, I was laying there on that table with my arm strapped down and my chest exposed, and as the surgeon was stitching me up, a man came partway in the door and just stood there staring at me.  I couldn't figure out what he was doing there, but I remember thinking that he had the saddest eyes I had ever seen.  It was very disconcerting, and as I turned my head away from him, I heard the nurse saying to the surgeon that the pathologist wanted to have a word with him. 
That's how I found out I had cancer...not from hearing the words, but from those sad eyes staring into mine.  I immediately knew what the results were.  No one had to say a word.
Anyway, I don't know how to fit all that into a poll!
Love and hugs to all

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   Posted 1/28/2006 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Ellen, this is interesting. I always look to the tech for reactions. I will question them at times also. But, I do know that there are times they truly do not know how to interpret what they see during the scans. Twice in the last few scans my doctor and the radiologist both saw something that indicated further testing. The tech didn't. So, I try not to get into body language and facial expressions to much anymore.


Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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   Posted 1/30/2006 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   

I will put my 2 cents in, when I had my mamogram it was very apparent that they were upset with what they saw. They went into triple overdrive getting the radiologist in there and she talked to me and said I needed a biopsy NOW. I already had thought that I had cancer but during all of that I knew that I did. When she did the biopsy I asked her if she thought it was cancer and she said she liked to wait for the path report. I said what is your gut telling you and she said she felt it would be positive. I liked the fact that she was open and honest up front with me. Somehow I was not scared because I had already accepted that I had cancer.

Well that is my story, I definatly think they know what is on there.

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