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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 285-286
Radiology request

BA BM BCh, Balliol College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Date of Submission11-Nov-2012
Date of Decision13-Dec-2012
Date of Acceptance13-Dec-2012
Date of Web Publication21-Mar-2013

Correspondence Address:
Ankeet Jethwa
B9 61 Nugent Street, Highcross Views, Leicester, LE3 5HX
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1229.109348

Rights and Permissions

Ward round ends suddenly, gauntlet beckons
"I want all scans by 4:30 PM!"

Maybe time for a brief caffeine stoppage

Gravitationally challenged I resist

Frantic writings morphing into scribble

Requests entered into whirring machine

Was it or was it not an MRI?

Mrs Malcolm has a metal implant!

It must be the swirling X-ray

Like a CT machine my head spins fast

Mustn't forget magic words please, and smile

Half-a-dozen requests, I hold my breath

The fuse to the radiation I hold

Surely they will scorn angrily at me

Faster I'm sucked towards singularity

Corridor lights flicker transiently

I knock, with trepidation I enter

Spewed photons blinding me, my eyes screaming

A silhouette materialises

Before the screen the oracle emerges

Spluttering words beseech desired scans

The head shakes with disdain and disbelief
"Gonna need a better indication!"

Pulverising my smile the glare persists

Relentlessly pulling, I feel entrapped

But trudge on nevertheless, a weak smile

Helping to erase the emerging frown

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Ankeet Jethwa is a surgical trainee in East Midlands, England. Following his training at Balliol College, University of Oxford, he completed the Academic Foundation rotation in Edinburgh. He has a keen interest in game-changing innovation in healthcare and is conducting research into non-invasive scarless surgery.


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