Just like the "My-Space" social networks, physicians have their own forums for sharing medical issues and networking. The latest item from Medscape Physician Connect:
Too Heavy for CT Scanner
"...patient who is 480lbs fell from standing position and landed on his back. We attempted to get plain films of his back. Our scanner has a weight limit of 350lbs, so we could not scan the patient. My partner tried for about 4 hours to find someone with a scanner that could hold a 500lb man. The patient was signed out pending our vet school calling us back to see if we could scan him by the vet radiologist."
The comments that followed were pretty fascinating. Most were quite respectful. My favorite was from this doctor:
"It's like saying that the beer mugs are too small for the alcoholic so we should be making bigger beer mugs. Super size the MRI scanners to meet America's super size bodies. In France there are elevators that allow for 10 Europeans or 6 Americans. We have a national obesity crisis and before we grow bigger equipment to match our weight, we need to fix our excessive lifestyle."