The Phoenix

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Phoenix's Accidental Diagnosis

Participating in a clinical trial could save your life, according to a recent article by Healthday News. In fact, medical imaging procedures (MRI) being conducted as part of medical studies "accidentally" detect tumors, aneurysms, or infections in almost 40% of all participants!

"This study demonstrates that research imaging incidental findings are common in certain types of imaging examinations, potentially offering an early opportunity to diagnose asymptomatic life-threatening disease," writes Dr. Orme of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

This is an incredible finding, and a story I can relate to.

A few weeks ago, I had a CT scan when I thought I was having a gallbladder attack or kidney stones.

The goods news: I was not suffering from either.

The bad news: They accidentally found a tumor in a very bad place.

I had an MRI just last week and they confirmed the tumor. Now it'll be several rounds of tests and they will determine the nature of the tumor and if they want to try to surgically remove it. The greatest fear is in not knowing, but at least my "accidental" scan is giving me a chance to do something about it.