General,  X-Ray

Anyone can have a mishap

There are many stops put to a CT-scan, especially when dealing with women in reproductive age. We are always very careful before exposing any patient to radiation. 

This middle-aged patient with repeatedly nausea and discomfort opposing pregnancy very strict and claiming menstruation 28 days ago underwent some medical examinations including gastroscopy and, eventually, a CT-scan.

We were prepared for a tumor when scanning the abdomen. We were amazed to find a baby despite many questions about patient’s history before the exam. Maybe, some obesity covered the situation with a veil.

You can see the bones of the upper and lower extremities, as well as the skull and some parts of the spine. The ossification of knees, feet and hands will take place the next ten years after birth.

Tumor of the lower abdomen causing nausea © Julian Köpke

It appears to be discussion-worthy if it’s a boy. Our methods didn’t lead us further on this.

To me the rotated, inverted and cropped image resembles to cave paintings. These paintings are assumed to be some kind of religious art, reflecting astonishment and grandeur of lost civilizations.

Certain is, the baby touches its right ear, as it was amazed by itself or reflecting its life. What else than human life is this ?

Tumor of the lower abdomen causing nausea. Rotated image, inverted gray scale and cropped. © Julian Köpke

I like to make things visible the naked eye isn't able to see. That's part of my profession as a radiologist, too.

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