The Art of the Scan

Jan. 3, 2012
My appointment is one month from tomorrow.

My appointment is one month from tomorrow. That’s the date I’ll be seeing my specialist in Boston (I live in New York). But unlike the past eight years that I’ve gone to see him, this time I’m not taking my art portfolio case from college. This time, should I fly, I don’t have to ask the flight attendant to store the case in the oversized compartment up front. This time, I don’t need to take my MRI films with me. This time, I’m going digital. In fact, the CD of my brain, is already in the hands of my doctor, and he can already peek at my head should he wish to, even before I get there. What this means, is that he can consult with my local specialist to discuss me and what protocol they think fits best. In fact, he already has. What this translates to for me is better communication and better care. That said, apart from the speed, efficiency, patient safety, and all the other benefits of HIT, it can also save the patient a lot of hassle. Of course, it also comes with the fact that I’ll no longer get Delta employees asking what’s in the case, and no longer have the opportunity to say, ‘my brain.’

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