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01-14-2009 02:41 AM  9 years agoPost 1
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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,479782,00.html

When a 5-foot, 275-pound woman found out she had a tumor on her spine, she was told by her local hospital to go the zoo to have a MRI because a regular MRI machine could not hold her weight, myfoxkc.com reported.
Carolyn Ragan told the television station she discovered the tumor two years ago and, after the hospital told her she could not use their MRI machine, a medical assistant said he would help her find a solution.
“So he suggested the Kansas City Zoo,” Ragan said. “I thought, I know I’m big, but I’m not as big as an elephant. And my husband got mad.”

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01-14-2009 02:55 AM  9 years agoPost 2
eyeflyhelis

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“They should have machines that fit most everybody,”
they have diets that fit everyone too

only you have the power to make no difference!

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01-14-2009 03:18 AM  9 years agoPost 3
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We have similar situations at work in my field of Nuclear Medicine. I've never told anybody to go to a zoo, but there are deffinately problems with extreme obesity. I wouldn't say 275 is in that category, but at only 5 feet tall it is likely she carried her wieght all in her belly and didn't fit in the MRI camera. Our cameras we use are simialr in design to a CT scanner and there is a round doughnut whole the patient has to be able to fit through. There have been several occasions we haven't been able to help people who were extremely obese, but the problems we run into are usually when the patient approaches the 400 + lb range. It is very difficult to do imaging on short, heavy set people because they simply don't fit inside the imaging equipment.

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01-14-2009 03:57 AM  9 years agoPost 4
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Most MRI tables hold 450 pounds. It is most likely that she was too big to fit inside the bore of the magnet. I have had this happen many times. Mr Green you should just giver a bone scan instead!

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01-14-2009 04:00 AM  9 years agoPost 5
rcfreak7

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she should just be glad there is a machine that will work

i am my own dog

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01-14-2009 02:39 PM  9 years agoPost 6
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Five foot 275lbs in a woman would most definetly be very "round". The 275lbs would not be a problem the average weight capacity in the industry right now is 425lbs with some machines accepting as much as 550lbs. This is rated capacity and according to the UL rating must be able to accept much more than this (5x). The issue in this case was definetly girth, the largest current opening is 75cm. Even if she could fit in the machine you then run into image qualitiy issues because of her size.

The real issue here is not the inability of the medical community to accomodate this patient, the issue is the patient's size. You can not be morbidly obese and expect everything in the world to adapt to your needs.

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01-16-2009 01:14 AM  9 years agoPost 7
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Several years ago, we had to send a woman with a recurring fractured Femur to a Vet School for a Tomogram. Multi-layered x-ray. She was 5'1" and over 750#,

You can't accomidate everyone with conventional equipment. Way too costly.

Don't blame me, I did'nt vote for him.

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