Today I had an abdominal MRI, looking specifically at my kidneys, following the abdominal CT angiogram from 3 weeks ago, which found a mass in the right kidney. I already knew about that from two previous abdominal MRI’s that also found a renal mass. The second time, the radiologist commented that this had been found before and someone needed to evaluate it because it had gotten bigger. So they did in 2020 with a bunch of different expensive scanning devices and basically said I didn’t need to worry about it but to have it checked in a few years. We did that today.
It’s hard doing an MRI when you’re my size and it’s a regular MRI machine; I couldn’t use the open MRI because they were using contrast dye and that’s limited to the machine in the hospital. Using contrast dye means getting an IV, which for me usually means multiple attempts and blown veins. Today was no different. I listened to music while the machine clanged around me and tried to keep my spasming leg from moving the rest of me. When it was over, I went shopping in the gift shop and treated myself to an iced chai latte while I waited for my transportation.
Radiology had the report ready in MyChart almost before I got home from the hospital. I so love the ability to look online and read results for myself without waiting until yet another doctor’s appointment! I’m capable of reading the results for myself, though I sometimes look up the big words in Google if needed to understand what they’re talking about.
The report said: “Proteinaceous cyst in the anterior right kidney measuring 3.2 cm, increased in size from 2.7 cm on the March 2020 exam. This is still Bosniak 2, benign, and requires no specific imaging follow up.” Woohoo! Still benign, if slightly larger. A proteinaceous cyst is a complex cyst containing fluid. They are not cancers and do not require surgery. They typically need to be watched with repeated imaging tests – which is what we just did.
I just sent a message to the doctor in follow up, suggesting that we could cancel the meeting on Friday. Transportation is so much more complicated for me now and I don’t want to go through all the hassle for a 10 minute appointment that tells me things look fine and to look at it again in a few years. We’ll see if the doctor agrees.
I think the next test coming up is another leg ultrasound in June, following up the angiogram. At least I don’t have to study for these things.