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Doctors reveal crazy x-rays

CREATED Nov 22, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 22, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Scanning people to see what's going on in the body is part of modern medicine, but sometimes what doctors find even has them saying "whoa."  

We had to stick with the G-rated images here, but there are still plenty of crazy things that show up surprising the folks who have been in this profession for years.
 
Preston Pople finds ways to pass the time at Children's Hospital.  He's spent a lot of hours here being treated for stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma.  A few years ago a routine CT scan picked up something scary. "They thought that he had a new lump in his lung," mom Crystal Geething remembers.  
 
So doctors biopsied the mass.  The final diagnosis?  It wasn't a new tumor in Preston's lung it was a piece of Captain Crunch cereal. "I was like 'wow it's not cancer, it was Captain Crunch,' " Geething told us laughing.  And she can laugh about it now but at the time that piece of cereal Preston aspirated landed him in the intensive care unit.  "It was a huge process.  Postponed chemo, postponed transplant," Geething said.
 
Dr. David Moe is one of 12 pediatric radiologists at Children's.  What kids swallow is usually not a surprise, earrings, screws, open safety pins.  But Moe pointed out the most typical thing is coins. "I don't know why but it seems like 9 out of 10 times it's a coin."
 
Adults are a different story.  What shows up on those scans ranges from the bizarre, like a butter knife in an eye socket, to the unfortunate, a lot of images of bullets.   Dr. Jeff Hartwick is a radiologist at the Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph Campus.  "We have powerful tools that allow us to see things that are not seeable by others," Dr. Hartwick said.  Like the damage done by stepping on a nail, a fork in the elbow and a fishing trip gone very wrong. 
 
And even unique to radiologists are x-rays of animals.  Eggs in a turtle, 12 puppies in a momma dog and even scans of a gorilla done by the hospital back in 1989.  You might be surprised by the similarities between many animals and humans even in a bat.  "The rib cage, heart and everything else looks much like the standard human anatomy," Dr. Hartwick showed us. 
 
Back to Preston and that Captain Crunch. He is now cancer free and very careful when he eats cereal.