Too fat to scan

#1
BBC Link

Patients above a certain weight have had appointments for MRI or CAT scans cancelled because of fears they are too big to fit in the scanner.

MRI scanners have a weight limit of 24 stone (152kg), and doctors at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro are worried people may get stuck inside.
Not just a problem for Cornwall, if some Tube passengers are anything to go by.

Not sure what the point of scanning these people is, if they're going to die of a heart attack soon anyway. Perhaps refusing an appointment might give them an incentive to loose weight
 
#3
Pork_Pie said:
BBC Link

Patients above a certain weight have had appointments for MRI or CAT scans cancelled because of fears they are too big to fit in the scanner.

MRI scanners have a weight limit of 24 stone (152kg), and doctors at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro are worried people may get stuck inside.
Not just a problem for Cornwall, if some Tube passengers are anything to go by.

Not sure what the point of scanning these people is, if they're going to die of a heart attack soon anyway. Perhaps refusing an appointment might give them an incentive to loose weight
I'm sorry Pork Pie, that's just too presumptuous; they could die of diabetes :D
 
#5
Make their appointment and tell them in the letter what size they need to be to fit in the machine. If they don't manage it, come back again in a couple of months.

If it turns out they're diagnosed with something fatal too late for treatment, it's their own fault and we've just saved the taxpayer a fortune on treating someone who's only going to kill themselves through greed and idleness anyway.
 
#6
As long as people keep pandering to the needs of the morbidly obese then there is no incentive to slim down.
Stop building things to accommodate them, as Aquafresh says - new dentist's chairs. If the fcuker is too fat to waddle into the surgery then why should people help (also if their teeth fell out it might limit what they could eat anyway! :D )

The article says "encouraging people to lose weight is not the answer." Why the fcuk not?? PC-ness going mad if it's now 'inappropriate' to confront people about their weight.
 
#7
absolutely....why do we pander to these people?

That said, I'm overwieght :( but its no-ones fault but my own. If I was too fat to get essential services then I'd be shocked, ashamed and embarressed into slimming down methinks.
 
#8
Had a patient i had to send to the nearest equine veterinary hospital coz she was so big. The hardest thing i have ever done is keep a straight face while telling said patient she was going to see the vet for her scan! And yes she was in the Forces.
 
#12
I have read a few articles and threads on here about fat people and it baffles me where you guys get this idea that fat people are pandered to and have things done for them. :? I am a fat cnut but never asked for nor received special treatment. If I can't do something because of my weight, then that is just tough shit. The same way it is tough shit for a thick person to go uni or get my job.
 
#13
It would save a fortune in the NHS and make people take responsibility for themselves (and I speak as someone carrying around 2 stone more than I should at the moment).

Hospital Wards have to rent extra-strong beds for the fatties, at a cost of £100 per day. That buys a lot of alzheimers medication / cancer drugs / artificial hips.
 
#15
D0lly86 said:
acidedge said:
The same way it is tough s*** for a thick person to go uni or get my job.

It is not a thick person's fault they are thick. It is a fat person's fault they are fat. Not the same at all really is it?
If they are thick because they never bothered turning up for school, or when they got there they fcuked about, then it is their fault. And besides, you are all crowing about how being fat is so bad, I actually like the bigger figure, ******* sexier than a load of skin and bones, yuck!!!!
 
#16
I think it's more to do with the safe working weight for the tables, not size. The patient tables used for CT / MRI & many general xrays are hydraulic. If the patients are too heavy, they will break the tables and therefore put the room out of service for many days / weeks and cost the trusts massive amounts to money to repair. Also, don't forget that it might also put the patient in danger by falling off a damaged table.

Some MRI scanners have only a very small diameter & this might be a problem for grossly massive patients. Of course, you could always grease them up first, that way they'd slide in & out nicely. But this solutions doesn't prevent the equipment damage issue. There are however now 'open scanner' where this size issue wouldn't be an issue, but the weight problem still would.

Just as an after though, there are some zoos that have scanner that are designed for large animals ie: elephants, maybe this would be a solution?
 
#18
gado said:
Just as an after though, there are some zoos that have scanner that are designed for large animals ie: elephants, maybe this would be a solution?
Like i said equine (horse) hospital was most acommodating for my patient.
 
#20
[quote="acidedge] If they are thick because they never bothered turning up for school, or when they got there they fcuked about, then it is their fault. quote]

That isn't thick, that's uneducated, quite different. There is no excuse for being fat, if you eat fat you become fat, no one forces people to eat fat and if you do feel the need to put food in you mouth 24/7 then best make it lettuce and cucumber eh?