I am excited to bring you another extended edition with some content I know you’re going to love. This week I’m sitting down with Chad and Alta Dillard, who have had an array of paranormal experiences, ultimately leading up to an abduction experience that you’re just going to have to hear for yourself.
Here's the follow-up email I sent them:
I wanted to provide you a little bit of feedback from a radiology perspective (rather than the podcast host) when it comes to your x-rays.
I know what I'm about to propose may not be easy to do, but it would be ideal if you could obtain obtain the following:
new x-rays on digital equipment
properly marked x-rays
multiple imaging modality-based images
Let me explain a little. Any physician you approach with those images would most likely by highly skeptical because the object looks highly suspicious of an artifact - meaning there's a high possibility that what is imaged might not be in your body, but instead, attached to the cassette or within its light-tight compartment that holds the film. Repeatability of imaging the object would lend credence to its authenticity.
Digital x-rays have the ability to undergo post-processing manipulation and enhancement. They can also be magnified and are more easily sharable in an electronic format, which would help you get more physician-eyes on it. There's also less possibility for artifacts to occur that mimic the appearance of your object.
Properly positioned x-rays - for a trained radiologic technologist to submit the images you have, it would be unacceptable by a radiologist. I understand a Chiropractic office took these x-rays, but the way they were taken would not be submissible for diagnosis to a radiologist unless they meet certain standards like obtaining the full length of the bony anatomy to include both proximal/distal joints, having a radiographic marker (right vs. left) in the right location, and the appropriate set of images to properly diagnose the location of any foreign body. This would include two images taken at 90 degrees apart (AP and lateral views) so that the physician could ascertain where in the body the object lies in three dimensions - both lateral location and depth within the tissue. With the views you have, a surgeon could not attempt removal because you only have lateral location demonstrated. You can't tell if the object is anteriorly or posteriorly located, meaning they would have to cut a large tissue area and search for the object if you ever wanted it to be removed.
Multiple modality imaging, meaning x-rays, CT, MRI and Ultrasound... each modality has strengths and weaknesses with varying tissue types. For instance, some pathology like tumors or cysts can show up better on US or MRI when their tissue density is closer to the surrounding tissue when compared to x-ray. Other pathologies that have calcium deposits like bone show up better on CT and x-ray. Since you don't know what the object is composed of, having multiple studies that would suggest composition and further validate location within your arm would be advisable. They do this with known tumors as well to determine whether or not there is vasculature before deciding to surgically remove anything. It would also be beneficial to document whether or not the object is migrating between imaging studies.
How would you obtain all of these? Well, there's a couple of things I would recommend. For non-radiation-producing modalities like MRI and Ultrasound, you could volunteer to be a patient for any academic program teaching these things. Or you could attempt to go to another general physician and "play dumb". Basically don't offer any information other than "I have this lump in my arm and I don't know what it is". If you report that it's causing you discomfort and/or impedes your life somehow, they are obligated to investigate, and medical imaging would typically be step-1. NEVER tell them your story - regardless of what the outcome is and/or whether they admit they can't explain its presence, you'll likely not find many physicians who will go public and risk their reputation and livelyhood to support your story. Keep copies of all medical records and only share them if/when you find someone who is willing to accept your story. In other words, keep searching for a physician to consult with on the side while making progress toward obtaining these tests with the physician you're "playing dumb" with.
I hope this helps!
Instructions for Entering the Giveaway
You have two opportunities to enter:
- Comment on my Instagram post with the episode art for Chad and Alta’s episode (it’s the one with the title and episode number, which also happens to have a picture of an alien face from the cover of their book). In your comment, just tell me how you found the show.
- Provide an iTunes review for Deviatus. It doesn't have to be 5-stars... just be honest.
You will have until Friday, September 15 at midnight Pacific Standard Time to enter - that gives you about a week and a half after this episode first airs. Only one entry per Instagram account, and one entry per iTunes review will be considered (for a total of two maximum entries per person). I will announce the official winner on the episode that comes out on Monday, September 18.