Fat Steve's Blatherings

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

A Challenge to Neurologists

      CodeBlueBlog continues to be a great source for medical news about Terri.  Today, Dr CBB issues a challenge to neurologists.

      Dr CBB reminds us that neurologists don't interpret CT scans.  Radiologists do, and he's a radiologist:
When I look at a CT of the brain every case is a new mystery about a patient I don't know. I must look at the images, come to a conclusion, dictate my findings and report a conclusion. This becomes a part of the official legal record for which I am liable. I bill Medicare for a CT interpretation and am paid for this service.

Neurologists do not do this. They don't go on the record, alone, in written legal documents stating their impressions about CT's of the brain. The neurologist doesn't get sued for making a mistake on an opinion of a CT of the brain THE RADIOLOGIST DOES.

      So, the doctor proposes a wager:
To prove my point I am offering $100,000 on a $25,000 wager for ANY neurologist (and $125,000 for any neurologist/bioethicist) involved in Terri Schiavo's case--including all the neurologists reviewed on television and in the newspapers who can accurately single out PVS patients from functioning patients with better than 60% accuracy on CT scans.

I will provide 100 single cuts from 100 different patient's brain CT's. All the neurologist has to do is say which ones represent patients with PVS and which do not.

If the neurologist can be right 6 out of 10 times he wins the $100,000.

      Maybe I'm cynical, but I don't think he'll get many takers.



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