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My Broken Ankle
 
 
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Infection (Jan. 15 - 16, 2009)
 
     On January 15 and 16, I had a test done on my ankle to determine if there was an infection.  The results came back positive.  The test is performed by removing some of my blood, isolating white blood cells, attaching nuclear isotopes to those cells, injecting the cells back into my body and then running a scan after 24 hours.  If there is an infection, the white blood cells will concentrate near the infection.  With the nuclear isotopes attached, this shows up as intense white spots on the scans.  In the images below, I post each image and then the negative of the image below it. The reason for this is that on the internet the bright white spots do not show up as well, but in the negatives they show up as the black spots.  In most of the images of my right ankle you will not see these black spots.
 
 
     This is an anterior (front) scan of my ankles 24 hours after I was given an IV of my blood with the isotope enhanced white blood cells.  As you can see, there is an area of bright white where the cells have concentrated to fight the infection.
 
 
 
     In this negative image you can see that the right ankle has no black spots but the infected left ankle has these spots where the white blood cells are located.
 
 
 
     This is a posterior (back) scan of my ankles 24 hours after I was given an IV of my blood with the isotope enhanced white blood cells.  As you can see, there is an area of bright white where the cells have concentrated to fight the infection. The RIGHT and LEFT markings in these images are indicators for the images positional relationship not markers for each ankle.  Since this image is from the back, the left ankle is actually on the right side of this image.
 
 
 
     In this negative image you can see that the right ankle has no black spots but the infected left ankle has these spots where the white blood cells are located.
 
 
 
     This is a lateral (side) view of my left ankle 24 hours after the isotopes where administered through an IV.  As you can see, the greatest concentration of white blood cells is around the ankle.
 
 
 
     This is the negative image of the lateral view of the left ankle.  The black area shows where the infection is located.
 
 
 
     This is a plantar (bottom) view of the ankles.  Once again you can see where the infection is located.
 
 
 
     This is a negative of the plantar (bottom) view of the ankles.  Once again you can see where the infection is located.



 
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