Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Copy That

Some of you may be aware and some of you may not BUT

- did you know that you can always request a copy of the results of any medical tests you may have done as a cancer patient - that would include blood test results, MIR, CT and bone scan results.  Of course, most of us do not have a medical background and may find some of the results a bit difficult to decipher - sometimes it's best not to even try, but at least by having these results in print, you can always go back and compare your results.

I personally find as caregiver, that it's best not to let my husband see these reports.  To me it serves no purpose for him at all but for me, since I am the one who is the advocate and I am the one doing all of the "secretarial" work from dr appoiutments, to follow-ups, to researching and finding what is new out there for his type of cancer, then I'm the best one to keep track of these reports and keep them somewhat hidden from him.  My husband never ever asks to see them as in his case, he just never wants to, so that makes it easy for me.  For patients and caregivers reading this, you will have to decide what works best for you with regards to the test results presented on paper. 

If you need some of these results such as MRI's or CT's in digital format, they can be provided by your health care system on DVD.  This would be most beneficial if you are seeking another doctor's opinion out of your area and rather than carry all of the paperwork, it's much easier to have the info in digital form.

Doctors here in Canada can access most of your health results via a PACS system where your doctor can retrieve your test results just by going on their own hospital health system no matter where their location may be.  This is a great way to use today's technology.

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