Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Americans Now Getting Too Fat For X-Rays And Scans!

CNN tells us something we may already know if you look around and have been to a X-Ray/CT scan facility.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- More and more obese people are unable to get full medical care because they are either too big to fit into scanners, or their fat is too dense for X-rays or sound waves to penetrate, radiologists reported Tuesday....

But we Americans are very innovative folks, we find a business opportunity here as well. ;-)

With 64 percent of the U.S. population either overweight or obese, the problem is worsening, but it represents a business opportunity for equipment makers and hospitals, said Dr. Raul Uppot, a radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital....

Radiologists have have their own term for it when writing up reports: "These images are limited due to body habitus."...

The researchers looked more closely at the records of 200 of the patients, who weighed, on average, 239 pounds....

That is the size of an average American Football Linebacker who is mostly all built up muscle!
And those guys are huge!

And well you can only fit so much in a bore hole of a machine, so just make it bigger!
An MRI can get a good picture if the patient can fit into the tube or get onto the table, Uppot said. Some manufacturers have started to make MRI machines with larger-bore holes, but with the cost in the millions of dollars per machine, only large groups or institutions can afford them.

And now for some interesting pics...

A canine Yoda??


Pigeon On Fries And Beer Or Just Nuts?


Pigeon Precision Munitions?

24 comments:

Teri said...

Well, if that isn't enough to make one want to immediately begin a rigorous exercise program, I don't know what is!

MoDigli said...

so sad that we need to supersize our medical equipment! WOW!

I loved the doggie yoda photo - and the attacking pigeon was hilarious - Amazing they were even able to get that shot!

Keshi said...

**A canine Yoda??

hahaha soooo cute!

and that kid running awa from the pigeon looks like me..only difference is Im running away from those hungry sea gulls!

Even Aussies r getting too fat for medical procedures...guess ppl r so stressed these days!

Keshi.

jason said...

My boys will love the doggie Yoda - and that pigeon does not look like it could get x-rayed.

Alter Abhishek said...

OK...
i am setting up office of the famous Vlcc and types in you US of A

Anand said...

oh man,
the wieght thing just seems to be a ever rising problem!
Guess like u said its more business for the innovative equipment makers..hope something comes up soon!

Aditi said...

Canine yoda was pretty good..
=)

Ameet said...

Remember the plane crash few years ago that caused the FAA to upwardly revise their average passenger weight? That should've been a HUGE warning sign. Now this. Sheesh.

Raghav said...

whoa ! really ? now that's some info..Mr. McDonald's need to slow down... love the last pic !

Dadoji said...

Scary news. Funny pics. Pigeon Precision Munition - *lol*.

karmic_jay said...

@Teri.. It is hard to find time to exercise I guess for soem people. Not to crique this, but one of our neighbors is obese. While i was ont he bike for 30 mins in the exercise room, she had not moved from her chair. :-/

@Mo.. Thanks.

@Keshi.. thanks. Weel you did not get hit by sea gull poop now did ya? ;)

@Jason.. Thanks

@alter.. VLCC?

@Anand..looks like it eh? Imagining trying to get in to an airline seat when you are that big?

@Ameet.. Yep that and what we see all around us here.

@Aditi.. thanks

@Raghav.. Its not just Mickey D's even restaurant food is pretty rich and a lot of Americans eat out.

@Dadoji.. Thanks

... said...

Woah! Seriously, where are we headed?

M (tread softly upon) said...

Well you see the food portions getting bigger and bigger everyday. have you seen the BK stacker? It's gross. And the fact is the businesses keep catering to the greed and obesity by building cars that have bigger seats, buses with wider seats, etc. And poepl keep complaining about plane seats. No wonder majority of the American population tries not to fly!
And no wonder the population is swamped with diseaese like heart problems, high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension....

Varsha said...

OMG!!!

Nice fotos.....

Tamanna said...

It's sad that people won't take care of their health. I don't either but you don't see me gorging on the stackers. My solution- make smaller plates a standard restaurant thing. Ban all-you-can-eat buffets or keep a two round standard. One round for food, the other for dessert. Harsh, I know but someone needs to crack the whip :)

karmic_jay said...

@M.. Agreed. Also you know all about it being a physician.

@Varsha.. Thanks

@Tamanna.. I agree. I don't diet either but my portions are small too. Being a denizen of cube city means not a lot of activity and I can't just keep eating.

Oh ye crack that whip!

jhantu said...

Pigeon munitions was superb ;-)
And dont call me fat. Im jusy way-above-normal healthy!!

starry nights said...

So sad and many diseases associated with Obesity like Diabetes is on the rise. I really think its those super size meals. nice post and pics.

karmic_jay said...

jhantu Thanks

Starry ..Thanks

Viewer said...

people are jus waiting for any darn oppurtunity to make a few quick buck ......

Keshi said...

no ways! lol I'd shoot em then hehehe...

Keshi.

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