When I had heart surgery last year, Kaiser had a radiologist look at my X-rays. That radiologist found a 2+ cm spot on my lung. A PET scan was ordered to check that spot out.
There are several kinds of scanning machines that medical people use. Two of those machines, an MRI and PET Scan are long machines where a patient's entire body is inside the machine during the test. For a guy like me who is subject to claustrophobia, I have to be pretty well knocked out with medication in order to go thru either an MRI or PET Scan without freaking out.
Some doctors are simply NOT understanding of what kind of medication a claustrophobic patient needs. My primary care doctor at Kaiser apparently is one of those "NOT understanding" type doctors. When I went for my PET Scan, I freaked out and got out of that machine and refused to take that test. The medication was nowhere near strong enough for me!
This week I changed my Kaiser primary care doctor. My old primary care doc made too many mistakes with me and I got fed up with him.
My new primary care doc immediately picked up on my NOT completing that PET Scan! He insisted that I complete that test. However, he changed the test from a PET Scan to a Cat Scan. A Cat Scan is a much shorter machine than either the PET or MRI. I have had many CatScans before, and never had a problem with claustrophobia.
This afternoon I went to have that CatScan done and had no problem doing the test. The scan results will be delivered to my new primary care doc in a couple of days. Those results will determine if I need to have anything else done.
Not too concerned
I am not too concerned about a 2 cm spot on my lung. I underwent chemotherapy for 4th stage Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer in 2002. That cancer came very close to killing me. The chemo treatment disabled many of my muscles for more than five years after treatment stopped! Especially affected were my leg muscles.