Saturday, February 7, 2009

Brain Scans and Jenna's Report

Well, I finally got around to taking pictures of my mom's brain scan so I can post it on here ... I'm sure she won't mind. :)

This one is a picture drawn by Dr. Perry Cook at the Lander Regional Medical Center (in case any of you don't know who she is) explaining what an aneurysm is. It is a hernia in the wall of a blood vessel. They can happen anywhere. My Grandpa Shaffer had a AAA which is an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Anyway, to the next picture ...
This is a picture that Dr. Perry Cook drew of what a normal brain should look like without blood etc. The dark outside circle is the skull. The next circle would be the dura (hard) mater (membrane). Blood that gets inbetween the skull and the dura mater is called epi (above) dural blood usually caused from an outside injury. The next circle would be the arachnoid membrane. Blood that is between the dura mater and the arachnoid membrane is called the sub dural blood. Blood that collects on the other side of the arachnoid membrane is called the subarachoid blood. The blood vessels and arteries that have aneurysms are in the subarachnoid space. The center would be the brain.
This is an angiogram of someone else who has an aneurysm that hasn't burst yet. Can you tell where it is? HINT it is about the size of birdseed and it is in the center upper portion of the brain. Here is a closer picture of what it looks like. Very tiny.

The top photo is a photo of mom's scan and the bottom is a normal brain scan. Mom's has a lot of dark color and you can't see the lines in the brain too well meaning a lot of blood in the brain. The blood is dark in the scans.

Again the top photo is mom's and the bottom is someone elses. She had said that mom must have been moving a little because her head is tilted a little.

This is Jenna's grade. She did very well in my opinion! :)

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