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By Anonymous - / Wednesday 2 May 2012 22:41 / Canada
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Actually, he can't say jack shit to him. He's a tech - his job is to take the X-ray, not to interpret it. It would be ethically reprehensible for the tech to tell him anything. It's just as wrong for the tech to say what he did.

Wow, the amount of ignorance swirling around here is staggering. You're all wrong. The tech is not supposed to say anything, so no one got trolled. And the amount of radiation from a chest X-ray is 0.1 mSv, or the same radiation you're exposed to just living for 10 days.

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Actually, he can't say jack shit to him. He's a tech - his job is to take the X-ray, not to interpret it. It would be ethically reprehensible for the tech to tell him anything. It's just as wrong for the tech to say what he did.

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Techs are trained to use equipment, not diagnose anything. I had a tech tell me everything looked fine in an ultrasound, only to find out days later that something was severely wrong and any strenuous activity could have killed me. Techs aren't doctors! They should be courteous and explain necessary instructions. Beyond that they shouldn't speak or show reactions as to what they may or may not see.

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The MRI tech that did my scan at the hospital noticed my doc was on call for the results and asked if I wanted to wait there, and if I was SURE I wanted to go back home. I'm certain he saw that my brain scan looked like swiss cheese. But guess what? It's a doctor's job to go over results, NOT the tech. The radiologist didn't even know what was actually going on. It's absolutely not illegal.

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Actually it is against the law for a Radiology Technician to tell you anything about your X-Ray that patients could interpret as a diagnosis, that's for the doctor to say. However, the radiologist is the one who gives the doctor an idea of what the diagnosis looks like, but they can't tell the patient.

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32, I was once told after an ultrasound that everything was okay. It most definitely wasn't, I hated that they tried to give me peace of mind then they don't really know. Would've preferred not to have been told anything.

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Yea they should say anything at all when I had an x-ray for my foot he said it looks perfect but it turns out I had multiple breaks and shattered my foot and had to get surgery in 2 different spots to attach my toe back :/

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Speaking of ethics, I was in the ER when A couple years ago, and the orderlies started wheeling out my bed. They were about to start prepping me for a surgery that I was never told I even needed. They didn't speak English. Turns out, I didn't even need surgery, I only had the stomach flu.

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Why did this get so many thumbs down? Okay so if something us horribly wrong, would you rather have a tech not tell you, then you go home like nothing wrong and then die from whatever is wrong with your chest. Or would you rather have the tech tell you that theres a problem so you can see a doctor and get it fixed?

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230 - Read my comment. The radiologist that looked at my MRI thought I had a major brain infection and was convinced it was HIV. He was wrong. My neurologist diagnosed me correctly.

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29- And 'you're' a troll. Seriously, you'd think after the amount of verbal ass-whuppings people on this site get, they'd know the difference between 'your' and 'you're' by now.

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118-I agree. I feel as though FML has been my savior when it comes to grammar. It has given me salvation from my recklessness in how to use your and you're, and there, they're, and their. Thank you FML.

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119, what do you think is more important? Letting someone's small mistake go because you know what they meant, or correcting them and letting everyone know what a gigantic asshole you are?

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42-..... You, sir, are wrong on so many levels. 1. Light is radiation, so unless you live in the dark, you are exposed fairly frequently 2. Heat is radiation. If you don't have heat, you should probably see a doctor. 3. Cell phones emit radiation. The way we talk to each other is through waves of radiation. Everyone hears the word "radiation" and goes all nutty thinking about nukes and reactors, when radiation is truly a part of everyday life.

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Probably not the case in OP's situation, but some countries, as part of the medical check-up to get a student/resident visa, require you to get a chest x-ray to make sure you don't have TB.

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I get X-ray every month. I have spinabifida and because of it my bones don't grow normal. I could walk the halls of my hospital with my eyes closed. been going there since I was 11 months old.

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Right and wrong. Even though the tech slipped up and said something, he can't say anything now either. So no, you don't have a right to know from the tech. You do however, have the right to ask you doctor.

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While I agree, a technician is not a doctor. OP should have immediately brought the comment up with his or any qualified doctor to find out what, if anything, was wrong.

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It's okay, 45, I used to pronounce it mee mee before when I had only ever seen it written. Then I said it in front of a friend one day and she laughed her ass off at me. XD

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The reason not to tell him is because it's not his job to tell him, in fact he could get in a lot of trouble for preemptively diagnosing anything considering he's just a technician.

I hate it so much when these things happen! I've had my fair share of that stupid feeling that won't let you catch a breath because you are so focused on what was said or done. Sorry Op.

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