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Scan Results

Just a quick post tonight to let you know the results of the recent bone and MRI scans. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures yet, but as soon as I get the CD I’ll post some of the key shots. But I do have a verbal report.

The bone scan showed two hot spots on my spine. The clearer of the two was on T8 (the eighth thoracic vertebra) which matched the sclerotic (healing) patch seen in the earlier CT scan. The other was on the left side of L5 (the fifth lumbar vertebra, just at the bottom of my back), which may be a pre-existing condition such as arthritis, but could also be a second healing metastasis. There were no hot spots in the side of the chest wall, where I had reported feeling some pain.

This was pretty inconclusive, but the registrar said that bone scans often were inconclusive. A possible treatment would be radiotherapy, but it isn’t normally done while a patient is receiving epirubicin, so if it happened at all it would be likely to be after the chemotherapy course was complete.

As for the MRI scan, the two word summary is that I have a “slightly wonky” brain, but nothing clinically significant, with no tumours or abnormalities. The big news, of course, is that I did have a brain that day 🙂

{ 12 } Comments

  1. Richard P | 15 April 2010 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Dear Chris,
    We’re both very happy to hear the good news about further evidence of a brain, albeit slightly wonky. (Was your previous scan also on a Wednesday?)
    Sounds like the bone-scan was also fairly encouraging, and we hope that the hot-spots remain under control. Plaudits, as ever, to Tc99m.
    Do hope you’re both keeping positive.
    Best wishes,

  2. icyjumbo | 16 April 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Well Richard, the hot spots seem to be related to back pain, which is definitely reducing, so I’d say they’re getting warm rather than hot 🙂 And we’re doing our very best to stay positive, and seem to be getting better with practice.

  3. Jayne Alexander | 16 April 2010 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Chris and Gillian,

    That’s so positive a result! A brain! yehaaah! lol Although chris, i always new you had a very good brain and we didn’t need a scan to prove it 😉

    Seriously though, i knew you were getting results soon so have been popping on to see what you had to say about them and it looks like its the best result you could have hoped for. I’m so pleased.

    Keep up the positivity (i sound like a spice girl) lol

    by for now

    Jayne x

  4. icyjumbo | 16 April 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Jayne, I can’t say I was surprised, except at the wonkiness. But I shouldn’t have been, should I? We all know that my brain points slightly west of north, don’t we?

  5. Paul Bowering | 16 April 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Glad that you have the scan results through. An excellent post about the actual MRI scan process itself, helping to de-mystify it.

    I’m very intrigued by the ‘slightly wonky’ description for the brain! This was the expression used by the healthcare professionals was it?

    Having seen the operating prowess of the brain in question, slightly wonky would do me fine…! :o)

    Best Wishes,


  6. icyjumbo | 16 April 2010 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Paul, I think that “slightly wonky” was Gillian’s paraphrasing of the rather longer and more tactful explanation given by the healthcare professional. As for the rest of your comment, I’m left speechless…

  7. Veronica | 16 April 2010 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Surely a slightly wonky brain is further evidence of being able to think well outside the box? No surprises there, Chris! Surely a necessary feature of a good research scientist. Glad to hear that the back pain is reducing. Look forward to the pictures.

  8. Q&J | 16 April 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    No further comments needed re brain? But I did witness two female brains in Waitrose choosing a jar of jam – it seemed to take ages! I just hope it was the right one that J chose (don’t blame me, I’m a simple(?) trolley pusher).

  9. icyjumbo | 16 April 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I like to think so, Veronica. But sometimes brains are just wonky. It can be hard to tell.

  10. icyjumbo | 16 April 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Q&J, the jam seemed to go down well enough once it got home, so perhaps the ages it took were worth it?

    And surely it’s better to be a simple trolley pusher than a complex one, if we are to believe William of Ockham?

  11. Patrick Beautement | 18 April 2010 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Chris, I’m shocked they’ve found only one brain – thought you were like Dr Who! Between the lines, sounds like this cycle is tough, hopefully all the volcano shenanigans has brought a smile to your face. The disruption (as long as you are not caught in it) is rather refreshing . . .
    Thinking sustaining thoughts. Patrick and Christine

  12. icyjumbo | 18 April 2010 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    There have certainly been some interesting stories from people tryiing to get home without flying. And there’s also a small matter of a General Election to pique my interest…