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01/13/2009 09:17 PM ID: 76216 Permalink   

Woman Told to use Zoo's MRI Machine


A 5 foot, 275 pound woman who had a tumor on her spine was told to go to a zoo to have an MRI. This is because a hospital told her that she could not use a regular MRI machine because she was too heavy, and too wide, and wouldn't fit into the opening.

Medical Imaging in Kansas City can typically hold up to 440 pounds, but a person who weighs less than that could still be out of luck. All of this depends on how MRI machines are made and the part of the body which needs to be scanned.

The woman, Carolyn Ragan, ended up having two surgeries and some paralysis. She finally found an open MRI machine that held her weight, but she said it was embarrassing and frustrating. She also said that they should make MRI machines that fit everyone.

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"She also said that they should make MRI machines that fit everyone."
If they did that, MRI would be far less effective. The smaller the opening in such machines are, the better the resolution. Heck, the best MRI machines can't even fit humans inside them, and are used to scan mice.
  by: Ec5618   01/13/2009 09:34 PM     
  @Carolyn Ragan  
"but she said it was embarrassing and frustrating. She also said that they should make MRI machines that fit everyone."

275 pounds at 5 foot! that is 125kg at 152cm!!!
She doesn't find that embarrassing?!

Perhaps a better solution would be people allowing themselves (the source does not cite a medical reason for her weight) to become horrendously overweight
  by: Convivial   01/13/2009 10:09 PM     
Perhaps a better solution would be people NOT allowing themselves (the source does not cite a medical reason for her weight) to become horrendously overweight
  by: Convivial   01/13/2009 10:22 PM     
I agree with that. Sounds like she is suffering from RPFDS for short or otherwise known as "Refuses to Put the Fork Down Syndrome".

In other words she is probably fat by her own initiative. I somehow doubt that her problem is an actual disorder. There are very few people that actually have diseases that cause them to be fat. They are fat by their own choosing. She just needs to know when to stop eating everything in sight.
  by: slavefortheman     01/13/2009 10:35 PM     
  Quite frankly ...  
... I am still amazed that nobody put her back in her cage with the rest of the other Hippopotami.
  by: Daev     01/13/2009 10:38 PM     
im not overweight by any measure but i'll tell you this... those people that let themselves get overweight are NO BETTER than those that let their government control their lives. BOTH SHEEP one just gets their good feelings from tastiness and the other gets them from ignorance. technically both ignorance i guess...
  by: mrmarler     01/14/2009 04:29 AM     
NO WORSE hahahahaha
  by: mrmarler     01/14/2009 04:29 AM     
  for those of you who show no sympathy to  
the overweight,
can I join your club?
LMAO at Daev !
  by: John E Angel     01/14/2009 05:51 AM     
  In a related incident  
I read where she jumped up into the air and got stuck.
  by: John E Angel     01/14/2009 05:54 AM     
  @Carolyn Ragan  
You know you have eaten too much when:

You go to the Mall and stall out the escalator.

Each time you cross a state line you must stop at a truck scale to be weighed, and you don't own a truck.

Your shadow weighs 25 kilos.

It takes you two trips to haul ass.

The Postal Service assigns you your own Zip Code.

The Rand McNally Atlas lists you as a country.

You make plans to sail to another country and two hundred passengers show up to board you.

Your waterbed is filled with cement and rebar.

Your silverware setting is a back hoe and a bucket loader.

Every time you sun bathe at the beach a crowd gathers around and attempts to roll you back into the water.

You need plastic surgery to hide the harpoon scars.

Have another Twinkie.
  by: white albino   01/14/2009 10:40 AM     
You guys are brutal!
I too find the comments funny, and I am overweight, but not like Ms./Mrs Ragan.
I've been overweight my whole life and fighting the fat. I am 5' 10" (on a good day) and I weigh around 295lbs. I can bench 275lbs 6 times, I can squat 315lbs. 10 times, I can jog 3 miles in a half hour.
Not stellar numbers, I know, but I am trying to improve. Heck last month I was barely jogging 2.5mi. in 30 minutes..
Anyway, I know she's an idiot on top of the fact that she's got a serious weight issue, but come on.
  by: Allanthar     01/14/2009 06:00 PM     
it isn't eating (although what you eat can really help you get fat).

Its the lack of exercise. People used to have to hunt their own food, now all you have to do is make enough money to blow at a fast food joint every day.

The soda, candy, cake, and chips don't help... but you can enjoy those things if you eat a reasonable amount and/or are an active person.

Used to wiegh 360 pounds myself, but now I'm down to around 310. What did I do? I stopped drinking soda and worked out about 15 minutes a day. Wow that was hard...
  by: Trevelyan   01/14/2009 06:36 PM     
  I'm sorry  
but all equipment in the world should not have to accommodate gigantic people. They should conform to the world rather than the world to them, it's ridiculous. She should worry less about being embarrassed and worry more about dying early.
  by: gryphon50a   01/14/2009 07:24 PM     
  fat chance  
@trev : 15 minutes a day... NOOOOOOO!

The best way to lose weight is to change your circumstances. Get a job where exercise is a daily part of it for example.

I lost about 50 pounds when I first moved to nyc 2.5 years ago. This was because I had no money and no job (at first). I couldn't afford foodstuffs so I didn't eat and I walked everywhere cause I couldn't afford subway passes.
  by: zatonado001     01/14/2009 07:37 PM     
Poor lady! I would feel realy bad to be the one to tell her that.
  by: rogeratvfan   01/14/2009 10:38 PM     
  If it was so embarrising  
for her why goto the media, in stead of a couple of doctors & vets thinking your a fat arse now she has the whole world. Unless she has a legitimate medical condition that is the cause of her weight ensuring that equipment is capable of handling overweight people only encourages them to stay the way they are. They should have told her to goto sea world and use the whale MRI.
  by: shiftyfarker   01/15/2009 03:14 AM     
She did go to Sea World. She fell into a tank and ate twelve lobsters and two sharks before they could get a mobile crane to lift her out of there.

  by: white albino   01/15/2009 03:57 AM     
I honestly dispise people like this. Unless it's a medical condition I seriously have no sympathy.

When I was 12, I weighed 13 and a half stone (85kg / 190lbs) and I felt embarassed so decided to get myself sorted. 6 years later, Im a part of the Royal Marines.

People need to stop trying to get the world to conform to their standards and start trying to fit into the world. More and more money is being spent on reinforced operating tables & reinforced ambulances because of their hand to hole syndrome, grr.
  by: wingedpuma     01/15/2009 09:33 AM     
  I have a solution which may help.  
They should put all the unhealthy/junk food in a single isle at the grocery store, but make the isle only 2 feet wide or less. And do the opposite with the healthy food by making that isle 10 feet wide.
I can only imagine how many large/obese people that would need the fire department to use the jaws of life to free them when they try to squeeze in to get their snacks.
  by: white devil   01/15/2009 02:27 PM     
thats funny! Refuse to put the fork down syndrome!! its kind of like Dunlaps Disease.

Your stomach dun laps your belt.
  by: RyanB     01/15/2009 09:37 PM     
Using the zoo MRI machine is something that has happened many times, it's a well-known alternative that gets used in these situations.

It's obvious that people have a lack of sympathy for those who eat themselves so fat that they have to use the zoo MRI. Personally, I have sympathy, but I wouldn't authorise spending on recreating an expensive, delicate and precise piece of engineering just because you've memorised the numbers for Pizza Hut and Dominos and have no zest for life.

However, I do think that those with a valid medical reasons for their size should be treated with tact, respect and understanding. This means that a nurse, at the least, be with them at all times and be solicitous and caring.

In this case I don't know all the details of the situation, so I'll reserve judgement (kinda).

  by: chiffington   01/22/2009 03:47 PM     
  I see there's no picture at the source...  
Perhaps it was covering the text?
  by: dook   01/22/2009 04:38 PM     
  It's just one of those things.  
Out of luck until such is invented if it can be invented.

I think she needs all the help she can get, but acceptance is a slipperly slop according to the shifting values of how others view the world and handle their environment and selves.

"But, your honor, my client was mortally offended and wounded when the accused eyed her in such a way that expressed his disgust with her weight issue. A brief moment en passing on the street is no excuse for such behavior."
  by: LykosSN4   01/26/2009 10:14 PM     
  MRI Machine  
She is 5 foot, 275 pound. Does she want to find MRI machines for fitting everyone? She thought that everyone like her. It's not bloody likely. We don't need to make the machine only for her. If she doesn't want to die, she should lose weight now. There is no sense in complaining to her.
  by: serena lee   01/27/2009 09:33 AM     
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