Clinical Skills session with Superdoc. I am staring at the ‘normal’ abdominal x-ray wondering how the heck anyone is supposed to be able to see anything in there, other than the obvious bones.
Superdoc: First, look for the colours.
My brain: Um, it’s black and white.
Superdoc: There are hundreds of colours between black and white.
My brain: Fair enough.
Superdoc has an incredible ability to impart knowledge in a memorable way. I can now look at an abdominal x-ray and pick out not just the bony structures and a slightly disturbing phantom sacral face, but I can also make a fair stab at whether the patient is young or old.
I can make out kidneys and their associated fatty bits, the psoas muscle, the bladder, calcium deposits like kidney stones, gall stones, porcelain gall bladder, and the phabulous phlebolith. I recognise the shades of grey and distinctive striations representing large and small intestine. I can see bubbles of gas. If there is a metal object in your x-ray, I can find at least three explanations for it. And if you’re really crook, I can see free air in the abdomen.