Interesting News From Futurism: New Potential Imaging Technique

Yesterday, I didn’t do much.  About the time I was getting ready to go out in the afternoon & then play a little Fallout 4, I had another pain flare hit. This time it wasn’t just the pain & stiffness, it was also the return of pain in my kidney area.

This was something I hadn’t been subject to since 2010.  I was not happy to see it return, but not surprised either since it’s almost been a month now I’ve been off Rapamune. I knew it might sooner or later.

As I was fighting that, I was still trying to be somewhat productive. I was reading articles & watching videos to do background research for the latest Sickadilly chat today on superbugs.

I came across this online magazine on futurism as I was almost ready to call it a night.

(Tangents aren’t always a bad thing).

I found this piece of news fascinating.

I know the gold standard in imaging for lungs is usually CT, but that could change if this does pan out.   It would make MRI use more prevalent I would think.

To me as a layperson it looks easier to follow than an x-ray. It looks in image form how our lungs actually look.   (The feature image is taken directly from the article.)

It’s in development so I’m not sure when it will hit prime time adoption at US medical centers.

I’m not sure if inhaling Krypton would equate to anything more than sucking in some of that tracer gas they give someone for a lung function test to monitor diffusion [DCLO] (the measure of how well one moves oxygen throughout their body), it’s probably harmless.

Yet, I think we’ll find that out soon enough when they start testing it with real people.

I certainly wouldn’t think it would be any more unpleasant to bear than some of that contrast medium they make us drink.

I’m glad my Macbook Air doesn’t have a disc drive. I haven’t had the heart to peep my latest CTs from last summer to look at my lungs.

The hyperlink I just linked to shows several different cuts, specimens, & images of what LAM actually looks like to doctors & researchers (in case anyone is interested & curious. It’s easy to guess how junky my lungs look at this level.)

After viewing those slices, other things I talk about relative to my disease probably make more sense to friends & family members. Some are often curious about what actually happens to my lungs.

I think the resulting scans from this imaging method are pretty interesting & cool looking.

As curious as I am, I’d be game to see the differences in a LAM lung versus a healthy one. Who knows?  Someday soon maybe I will.




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