Monday, August 13, 2007


A guy I know who plays drums in an insanely superlative Beatles cover band just sent me this link. Maybe you've already heard of Beatallica, but they are new to me. They play Beatles' songs in the style of Metallica. It's strangely entertaining. Here's their myspace and their website. (Ffleur - I know you'll dig this.)

I'm a medical transcriptionist, and for reasons too inconsequential to go into, I am fluent in every medical specialty except radiology. Which is why today while transcribing a neurosurgical consultation, I gave pause when the physician dictated something that sounded exactly like "scat films." Not being overly familiar with radiology, I didn't know if "scat" in this case was short-hand for something like "scatter" (a common term in radiology), but my perusal of the usual literature and resources didn't support the context I needed. As you might expect, googling "scat films" brought up exactly what I expected it to, none of it being strictly medical (and don't say I didn't warn you if you're off to google it now). And before I became the laughing stock of Neurosurgery at my hospital, I opted to leave a blank in my report, something I'm loathe to do. Good thing I did, I later found out that the word I was searching for was "scout films." Sometimes it pays to be a good editor, like when physicians dictate something that means "pus-like" but they create a fake work that can only be spelled like this: "pussy."

Today's the first day since Tuesday I haven't had a fever, and oh my goodness, it's pure heaven to feel normal again.


At Monday, August 13, 2007 6:42:00 PM, Blogger ffleur said...

I always thought Scat was a singing technique that jazz-singer Ella Fitzgerald used. Picture me surprised when I found out its other meaning(s)

Great post LA! I liked your description of "pus-like".

Does every consultation report begin with..."patient presented with/as". My GP enjoys reading aloud various specialist letters (that refer to me) and I get a kick out of the language. Usually I have to get him to translate. Its funny how physicians have their own venacular and extremely ridgemented way of "presenting" the case.

I will check out that web site LA. As much as I love Metallica I know they are extremely litigious. They are so going to sue Beatallica for that name and logo-style.

At Monday, August 13, 2007 6:49:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

Ffleur - "The patient presented..." is a phrase I type on every single report, every single day. You are very perceptive about the language of medicine. It is very specific, and I find myself talking that way sometimes inadvertantly.

One time, I wrote a review for one of Anne Rice's vampire novels in the form of a hematology consultation. I sent it to a physician friend of mine, and her response was, "wow... I now understand how easy it is for laypeople to impersonate physicians."

Hopefully, Beatallica obtained a legal consult before developing their logo!

At Monday, August 13, 2007 7:09:00 PM, Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

Sometimes, for fun, I set my mother loose on google and see what she comes back to me with. "Oh. My. GOD! Did you know THIS was on the internet?!? I KNEW getting a computer would just open the gateway to a seedy disgusting world that no one, especially you children, need to be aware of!" Scat films sounds like a new challenge. Tee-hee...

At Monday, August 13, 2007 8:26:00 PM, Blogger Diane said...

As a girl who goes on nature trips each year, I can tell you that "scat" is a big part of tracking beasties

At Tuesday, August 14, 2007 6:36:00 AM, Blogger Prunella Jones said...

Wow this group sounds trippy. I'd love to hear a Metallica'd version of "Dear Prundence."

I'm not going to touch the whole scat thing.

Glad you are feeling better. Did you try the tea? I started drinking Earl Grey to help cut down on my Starbucks addiction. It was weird at first but now I really like it.

At Tuesday, August 14, 2007 12:48:00 PM, Blogger D.O.M. Dan said...

I've not heard of Beatallica, but will check it out.

At Tuesday, August 14, 2007 10:10:00 PM, Blogger GetFlix said...

Glad you're back up and running!! And good call on leaving it blank!!

At Thursday, August 16, 2007 7:42:00 PM, Blogger v said...

Sorry to hear you've been under the weather, but glad to hear you're doing better.

And your comment on how physicians struggle to remember "pus-like" is one of the funnier things I've read in a while.

Doctors. Lol.


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