I had the nightmare of diagnosing my mother’s terminal cancer myself, and she was dead within the week. This was after months of state-of-the-art care rendered by doctors at an esteemed academic medical center. I figured she must be in trouble when she let her daughter have anything to do with her care! As the MRI images came up in the screen, with a huge mediastinal mass, her spine destroyed, and paraspinal masses everywhere, I had to figure out how to tell her she was dying, and had to face it myself. I had an educated hunch that an MRI would be the key to unlock her diagnosis, but her doctors did not think it necessary- too expensive?
How could this have happened in this millennium?
Poor communication of information, poor communication and ineffective use of available technology…Had the spine MRI been done earlier, that would have been enough to…
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