1. I remember when NMR (as it was at first called) was very new, and the extremely bulky equipment wasn’t actually brought inside the hospital and installed. Instead it was contained in a truck trailer, which was backed up to the building and connected at some doors.

  2. I well remember learning to use an NMR more than 55 years ago, when they were still fairly new in research facilities. It became my favorite instrument and proved quite valuable in my research. Once, I really thought I had broken it, but the mess was cleaned out successfully.

  3. It’s hard to tell what’s going on. It almost looks like that black thing the medical staff are leaning on is some sort of combination supermarket till/ airport luggage conveyor belt that has gone wrong (speeded up) and has now jammed, with Mr Odata slammed unceremoniously against the back wall hard enough that his body is seeping out the end. But in that case it seems odd the medical peeps are blaming him, as if they think he is playing up.

  4. It presumably has nothing to do with the Open Data Protocol (ODATA)?

    I’m tempted to say Odata is magnetic and was sucked into the machine by the magnetic field, but the picture doesn’t really suggest that.

  5. I never liked trying to be put into an MRI to be scanned for kidney stones since I’m, well, fat. Add to that the fact that I’m hard of hearing and instructions to “Take a deep breath and hold it” was all argle-bargle to me. It got to the point where I worked out a system with the tech to squeeze my foot when I was supposed to hold my breath. This past year I got my kidney stone scan from an ultrasound: ten minutes and out as opposed to an hour baking in the MRI.

  6. Googling on “MRI” and “Odata”, I find that there is a software package developed by MRI Real Estate Management (founded as “Management Reports Incorporated), which requires paying to license their API if you want to integrate it with the Open Data, or “OData” protocol.

    This… seems like a stretch. The “Odata” referring to the “Open Data Protocol” in a comic called “PC And Pixel” seems reasonable. But I feel like connecting “MRI” to a specific software company in a specific industry is unlikely.

  7. I think narmitaj has the right idea. The machine has malfunctioned and poor Mr Odata is stuck. As far as why the medical staff is blaming him, they are looking into a dark abyss and don’t realize what’s happened. They think he just decided to go for a joy ride.

  8. The original NMR was a much simpler device, producing merely a graph of “response” vs. “frequency” for a single (homogenous) sample. MRI is more sophisticated, and records the “response” data in three dimensions to produce a model of the object (or body part) to be examined.

  9. I’ll be darned; beckoningchasm is right. Those are Mr. Odata’s hands in the upper left corner.

  10. @Daniel J. Drazen, ‘Reasonable’ cost of ultrasound: $263. ‘Reasonable’ cost of MRI: $2600. But you know, if you have the fancy toys it’s just a shame not to use them.

  11. For those who don’t know, Mr. Odata is the “PC” in “PC and Pixel”. (i.e. his name is “PC Odata”.)

  12. Yes his arms are in the corner of the machine, and it looks like his glasses are on top. That’s what leads me to believe that he’s not voluntarily playing in it.

  13. Never have both legs MRI scanned. The insurance co thinks it is being double billed and you will fight with them for sooo long to get paid for both legs.

  14. @MerylA: A co-worker of mine has problems with both knees. His insurance company, for reasons no one could explain, told him to schedule separate MRI appointments for each leg, on different days at least 3 days apart. This inevitably cost them more and wasted his time, for no benefit anyone can think of.

  15. carlfink – This happened to my MIL.

    Robert’s crazy sister had granite and marble floors and then to prevent them from being damaged put down throw rugs on them. MIL was visiting her for the Christmas season (because she lived about 5 minutes away and that was sooo far) and she slid on a rug. When we finally convinced them – in April – that MIL had to go to a doctor as she could not stand or walk, she was sent for MRIs on both legs – SIL took her – and I had to deal with the rejected Medicare bills for the second leg – Medicare assumed since the bills didn’t say “right leg” “left leg” just “leg” that they were billed for the scans twice. Maybe that was why your co-worker was sent separately for the MRIs.

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