Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Little Line = Left Linear (Humeral) Lucent Lesion

I received the CDs from my skeletal survey and CT of my arm from the NIH. I have NO idea how to view the images from the CT scan. It said there were 690 images...of my arm...how is that possible?! I gave up and I stopped pretending I knew what to look for.

On the other hand, like I posted a while back re: my skeletal survey from 2009, viewing the images from my recent skeletal survey was pretty simple and straight forward. Below is the image of my left humerus from February. Can you find the thin, little, line? Also known as...the "lucent lesion." I could right away. Other people I've shown had a little more difficulty....

See the little line?
Left humerus February 2013

Below is the image of my left humerus from August 2009. I don't see the same little line. So, hopefully it was always there but it's just not showing up on this image? Let's hope so.

No line.
Left humerus August 2009


  1. Elizabeth,
    This is where I would leave it to the experts! I see, or may see the line, however , that does not necessarily mean anything. This is like clients of mine telling me, "I read in the statute book for KY that.....so and so means thus and such! I always tell them would you perform you own appendectomy or amputation of a limb? I realize it is very hard not to look at something that is different from a previous test and surmise the worst....but try your best not to self diagnose. Take care and keep us posted.

    1. Thanks, Keith! I know, I know, I need to stop pretending to be a doctor. ;) I hope you are doing well!

  2. Hi Elizabeth,

    Please do not worry, I know it is so hard not too tho!! I am an RN and I ALWAYS over-analyze everything! I think maybe the line would of been on the oldest image but it seems a lot lighter and not as good of quality as the most recent image. I do know you can trust the Myeloma docs at NIH. If they thought there was a problem they would of done even more tests.

    I hope spring is arriving where you live! Many Blessings to you!

    Toni in OR

    1. Thanks for the reassurance, Toni! You are right, the image from 2009 probably isn't the best quality. We'll see what comes of it - hopefully nothing.

      It sure doesn't feel like spring here - still snow on the ground and chilly temps in the 40s.

      Hope you are doing well!

      Take care,