I finally got copies of my X-ray plates. I didn’t have an awesome way of getting them into the computer so I threw them on my lightbox and took pictures of them with my 50mm lens on the camera. I think the camera got all of the detail that was on the film so I think it worked fine.

A quick aside: Why do I have a lightbox? I have the full gear for a darkroom and a light table is one of the requisite pieces of kit to do proper darkrooming. Even if I had a scanner, I doubt I would have something big enough to scan the (I’m guessing) 11×17 films I have.

Here are the two before plates:

Femoral neck fracture. Anterior view. X-Ray

Femoral neck fracture. Anterior view.

Femoral neck fracture. Anterior view; alternate view with knee pointed out. X-Ray

Femoral neck fracture. Anterior view; alternate view with knee pointed out.

Here’s the after with the hardware. These are going to be the same angles as before.

Femoral neck fracture. Anterior view. Set and pinned with three titanium screws. X-Ray

Femoral neck fracture. Anterior view. Set and pinned with three titanium screws.

Femoral neck fracture. Anterior view, alternate view knee pointed out. Fracture set and pinned with three titanium screws. X-Ray

Femoral neck fracture. Anterior view, alternate view knee pointed out. Fracture set and pinned with three titanium screws.

Now I want to point out the different angles that my femoral head was pointing before and after.

Before and after comparison of my femoral neck fracture. X-Ray

Before and after comparison of my femoral neck fracture.

I tried to scale and rotate to keep as much of the same angle as I could. The left X-Ray is identical to what the doctor at the urgent care had access to. In fact he had a better view since he was looking at a full pelvic plate as well.

My left leg’s femoral head/neck looked like the picture on the right (without the pins of course), the right leg looked as above.

How do you mis-read that as a “chip?” What the hell, man?

In any case, feel free to click on any of the above pictures for mega-super high-res versions.  :-)