Here is a shot from my latest MRI scan. A girlfriend of mine calls it "The Money Shot". And it is impressive, if I do say so myself:
All the white parts are cysts. All the non-white stuff is actual kidney matter. Now you know why they can't just take out the cysts. It just doesn't work that way. Sadly.
When I went to the orthopedist last week to talk about my hamstring, I told him about my kidneys, and he palpated them, just to see what I was talking about.
"Oh my gosh, that is SO COOL!" he said, while feeling all my cysts. "I wish I had a med student here---this is rare, a total learning experience!"
Yup, that's me. Educating doctors since 2006.
The doctor, who is a runner too, said I should trash talk somebody about my kidneys, like on a basketball court or something. "Oh yeah, well, my kidneys can TOTALLY crush YOUR kidneys!"
Good times, my friends. Goo-hood times.