They want to check my abdominal lymph nodes for any metastasis of the superficial, yet high grade (malignant), urinary bladder tumors. According to the pathology report, most were low grade with only a microinvasion into membranous tissue.
Drinking the barium sulfate wasn’t too bad, except the last few milliters I thought I might spew. You have to drink a large glass before midnight, then a second glass the next morning, two hours before the scan.
Then an IV needle is installed and Prior to entering the scanner, the nurse infuses the iodine which they warn you will cause a warming sensation, along with a metallic taste in your mouth. It only lasts for a minute or so, then they do a few scans and it’s over. It will be a few days for the results.
Trying to be “bulldog” tough in California.