Entries in X-Ray (4)


X-Ray Reveals Nail in Man’s Brain

BananaStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Thirty-two-year-old Dante Autullo was working with a nail gun at his home in suburban Chicago when he misfired, causing a nail to go whizzing past his head, or so he thought. Mr. Autullo had actually just shot himself in the head with a 3 1/2 inch nail, he just didn’t realize it. Autullo proceeded to continue working, spending more than a day with the nail stuck in his brain.

After experiencing nausea and headaches the next day, Mr. Autullo went to the hospital, where an X-ray uncovered the nail. Both Mr. Autullo and his family were flabbergasted. “Un-freaking-believable,” his fiancee Gail Glaenzer said to the Naperville Sun.

“They were shocked because he was walking and talking, and he had it in for 36 hours,” Autullo’s mother, Jerri Autullo told the Sun. “I hoped that it wasn’t going to be as bad as it looked.”

Autullo was taken to Christ Medical Center, where he had surgery Thursday morning. He’s recovering there today, eager to get back to work.

“He’s in the darn hospital yelling that there’s a big snowstorm tomorrow and how’s he going to plow?” Glaenzer told the Sun. “This is from a guy who just got his brain cut open.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Freak Accident: Man Impaled by Garden Shears…And Lives!

University Medical Center of Tucson, Arizona(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- “It was excruciating. I can’t tell you how much it hurt.”

That’s what 86-year old Leroy Luetscher of Green Valley, Ariz., had to say about a grisly gardening injury that very easily could have resulted in blindness, brain damage or worse, according to a report from ABC News Tucson affiliate KGUN9.

Last month, Luetscher was trimming plants in his garden when he dropped his pruning shears, which stuck blade-first into the soil, handles pointing upward. Reaching down to pick them up, he lost his balance, and fell face-first on the handle, sending it right through his eye socket and lodging it in his head.

At first, Luetscher told reporters in a press conference Tuesday, he was not sure what had happened. He reached up to his face and felt something unusual.

“I sort of pulled on it just a little, it seemed real solid so I just left it alone and realized that it was the clipper.”

He was rushed to Tucson’s university medical center, to the same surgeons who saved the life of Gabrielle Giffords. Luetscher’s surgeon had never seen anything like this -- and he said that Luetscher was lucky that the handle of the shears spared his eyeball, his brain, and his essential arteries.

Today, Luetscher is in much better shape. But he said that after this mishap, his gardening days are over.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


1896 X-Ray Machine: 1,500 Times More Radiation Than Today

Maastricht University Medical Center(MAASTRICHT, Netherlands) -- In a pitch-black room a series of coils buzz with electricity.  A spark ignites and a greenish glow lights the dim.  The "patient" tries to hold still for over an hour as an image of the inner workings of his body develops on a glass plate.

This was how the first X-ray machines worked in the late 1890s, but to see the process in action, one must look no further than a modern-day Dutch laboratory.

Using a piece of turn-of-the-century equipment once relegated to a museum shelf, researchers at the Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands were able to produce X-ray images as experimenters would have back in 1896, just months after Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen first discovered X-rays.

"We were able to recreate the process with rather small exceptions.  One is the battery -- they used a Bunsen battery that gave off noxious gases, so we used a simple car battery.  A second is that they used glass plates [to capture the image], but we used a more modern sulfur plate, reducing the exposure time from 90 minutes to about 20," said lead researcher Gerrit Kemerink, a medical physicist at the Maastricht University Medical Center.

What they discovered was not only the surprising accuracy of these rudimentary X-ray machines pieced together with common laboratory equipment, but the shockingly high levels of radiation both researchers and patients were exposed to during these historic experiments.

An 1896 X-ray machine exposed the body to 1,500 times more radiation than modern technology, largely because each image took 90 minutes to develop, dramatically increasing the patient's cumulative exposure to the rays.  By comparison, modern day X-rays require only 21 milliseconds, and technicians place lead coverings over the body to protect it from even this slight exposure.

As a result, experimenters using these early X-ray machines often suffered effects such as eye complaints, skin burns, loss of hair, and ultimately, cancer.  Technicians who worked the equipment with their hands sometimes had to have their hands amputated.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Third of MRI, X-Ray Tests 'Wasteful' Spending

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) - A new study suggests that if your doctor orders you to take an MRI or X-ray, they may simply be protecting themselves from being sued, reports WebMD.

A new survey by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found that among Pennsylvania orthopaedists, one in five order such imaging tests to avoid a potential lawsuit, not to help in a diagnosis.

According to researcher John Flynn, associate chief of orthopaedic surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the study offers "a glimpse behind the curtain of what's happening in your doctor's mind."

Flynn and colleagues found that the so-called "defensive tests" made up 35 percent of total test costs, or as much as $325,000 among the 640 orthopaedists surveyed.

Flynn said the spending is wasteful and contributes to the estimated one-third of national health care spending considered unnecessary.

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