Monday, January 08, 2018

Official Brain Analysis

A careful study was done and the doctor put in the official document that my brain is "unremarkable".  This was based on an MRI scan of my brain as part of the comprehensive health check which I had in Taiwan.  I am surprised that nothing peculiar was found, but I can be thankful I am not a 'genius'.  The full statement in the medical report was given in English and Chinese:

"Essentially unremarkable finding in this study."

Or as Google translate says, "No obvious abnormalities found".


Rummuser said...

What are you complaining about? When they checked my head they did not find one.

Inklings said...

I had an MRI this week also, and nothing was said to me about my brain, so my diagnosis must have been the same. :)

Looney said...

@Rummuser, I will thus keep in whatever is left of my mind that your mind isn't your own, but came from someone else! Wondering how the legal system would handle this when questions of motive are discussed.

Looney said...

@Inklings, it is always good to know that you can't have evil thoughts because you have nowhere to process them!

Max Coutinho said...

Hi Looney,

Well, congratulations: your brain is physically healthy :). But why did you undergo a full check-up in Taiwan instead of doing one at home: is it cheaper?
Does Taiwan have a good healthcare system? Pardon my ignorance, but I know very little of this country (except that China wants it to itself, but what else is new?).


Looney said...

@Max, the reason for the check being done in Taiwan begins with the cost: roughly $2,000 in Taiwan for what would probably be $20,000 in the US. The technology is high here, although this is only part of the picture. If you are getting serious treatment, the important thing is that all the staff must be functioning at a high training and quality standard and as a team, which is done reasonably well in Taiwan and probably comparable to most of the US. If I really want the best in the world, then I would go to Stanford Hospital which is 30 kilometers from my house, but I don't need this when all we are doing is running tests. The hospital we went to in Taiwan was a doctor training hospital so it was in many ways comparable to our university hospitals in trying to stay at the state-of-the-art.

Another factor is scheduling: All of the equipment and doctors were at a single place here in Taiwan and we had a dedicated helper to take us from one station to the next, with essentially no waiting. The entire process took one and a half days. In the US we would need to arrange many appointments at different locations and go to them one by one, waiting in a line each time. The time savings is enormous and hard to put a price on. The flip side is that there were several tests that were pointless to do on me, and a few we told them not to do since it would be a duplication of some of the screening done here every year.

Max Coutinho said...

Looney, thank you so much for the explanation. Have a blessed weekend, my friend.