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Update: When Did Doctors Stop Reading X-Rays?

January 5, 2010

Over the weekend, I exchanged emails with a trusted friend who is the head of oncology at a large hospital in the greater Chicago area. She was quite emphatic that we take her God-daughter to the pediatric orthopedic surgeon.

So we did.

Very nice doctor, and very personable with my daughter.

His PA had set up the two x-rays while she did the initial assessment. When the doctor came into the room, he introduced himself, examined my daughter’s finger, and then walked right over to the x-rays, took one look at them, sat beside my daughter and began to trace out the bones on her finger with his ink pen. With this drawing, he showed my daughter where the little bone chip was located, and then instructed to her that she stop wearing the splint so that she can begin moving the finger. Within a couple of weeks, the increased mobility will eliminate the pain she currently feels.

Done. X-Ray viewed. Diagnosis given. Comfort provided. Treatment given. Visit over.

It was the best $50 (co-pay) I had spent in a long time. Too bad that we had to include a second visit to the pediatric doctor.

Cha-ching to the healthcare industry.

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