At University Hospital Feb. 2011

At University Hospital Feb. 2011
February 11, 2011 at University of Utah Hospital

Friday, February 11, 2011

More follow-up . . .

This morning we arrived at the University Hospital's Radiology Department at 6:45 a.m. for Phil's scheduled "ultrasound-guided liver biopsy." Not sure where the miscue occurred, but biopsies were not scheduled--only ultrasound. After the tech shot 82 pictures of Phil's liver, spleen, and left and right kidneys, a very congenial radiologist, Dr. Dan Sommers, visited with us. He explained 1) Phil has four lesions on his liver, 2) it is customary to do ultrasound first to determine if biopsies are needed and the lesions accessible, 3) he is confident he can safely do the biopsies, 4)it's necessary to have a team present (pathologist and lab) whenever biopsies are performed, and 5) it looks like Tuesday may be the first available opportunity.

Whatever it takes, that's what we'll do!

Now it's on to Nuclear Medicine where Phil will be injected with a small dose of radioactive material and wait three hours for the scan. During that time, the radioactive tracers circulate through the body and accumulate wherever they find abnormal bone metabolism. These areas are called "hot spots."

Time to go . . .