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Posted By: SuzieQ on 2005-10-03
In Reply to: Can any of you MTs who type operative reports tell me - Help please

Why don't you invest in ref. books? Trying to do this job without them is like trying to build a house without a hammer for goodness sake. I don't understand you people - always looking for top pay and taking the cheap way out to do your job without proper tools.

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Stedmans Med & Surgical Equip words and Tessiers Surgical Word Book (3rd Ed). I'd be lost
without them.
Stedmans Med $ Surgical Equip words, Path and Lab words, and Tessiers Surgical Word book (3rd
edition).  I never buy drug books anymore.  Waist of money in my opinion.  New drugs come out so often, it's best to use the web.
This is one of the terms...sm

...that seems to have changed. I always put "metacarpophalangeal" before, but almost every doc I transcribe for these days says, very clearly "metacarpal phalangeal." I put the hyphen in because the words should be connected and that is the only way I can do it without changing what the doctor says.

Your book may list "carpophalangeal" as a word, but I am a former x-ray tech and I can tell you that none of the carpal bones attach directly to the phalanges. There is a metacarpal between the carpal bones and the phalanges. If you will look at a hand x-ray, there is a good 2-3" or more (filled by the metacarpal) between the carpal bones and the proximal phalanx of each digit.

That's why you can't depend solely on "word books." If they don't have a definition, you cannot be sure they are correct.

There isn't really a need to take med terms now
I'm not sure there is a need to take med terms before starting MT school. It will be part of your course.

If you are thinking that it will help you decide if you'd like MT, it might not. MT isn't med terms. Med terms is something that you need to know to do MT, but taking med terms might not tell you if you'll enjoy MT. Med terms classes at community colleges are often very boring, frustrating, and impossible. Students' grades are often unnecessarily low because a lot of schools use that class to weed out students who want to take nursing and health information management. They might use a book that isn't very good, too. You don't want that making you think you'll hate MT or that you don't have the ability for it.

When we teach it, we LIKE teaching it and we don't try to flunk people out with it. :)

Do you type really well? Without thinking? Or, at least, do you type 45 wpm without hating it?

Do you love to read? Do you consider yourself to be a good reader? Do you like to write? Do you read and/or write for pleasure?

Does medical stuff fascinate you? Do you enjoy watching medical science shows on TV? The ones with the operations? Do you enjoy reading medical websites and books?

Are you very, very detail oriented? Does your work, whatever it is, need to be just so? Have you always wanted to do the very best work for others?

Those things are better indicators of success in MT than a med terms class.

If you'd like to get a feel for MT, try typing up some practice reports. There are sample operative reports over on www.mtdesk.com. Type them over and over, noting the way they seem to be following style rules in the way they're done. You can also go to www.merck.com and type up some material from chapters of the Merck Manual for physicians. There is a manual there for lay people, too. If you enjoy reading it, that's a good sign.

You might have other reasons for wanting to take those classes that I don't know about, but I did want you to know that it's probably not necessary or useful to take med terms in advance!

Radiology terms A-Z

  • abduction
  • activity
  • adduction
  • air-fluid level
  • airborne radioactivity
  • angiocardiogram
  • anteroposterior
  • arteriogram
  • arthrogram
  • atom
  • atomic mass
  • atomic mass unit
  • atomic number
  • attenuation

  • betatron
  • Becquerel (Bq)
  • binding energy
  • Bohler calcaneal angle
  • brachytherapy
  • build-up

  • cardiothymic silhouette (on chest x-ray)
  • cholangiogram
  • cholecystogram
  • cineradiography
  • Compton effect
  • computed tomography
  • contrast studies
  • curie

  • decay constant
  • dose

  • echocardiography
  • electron volt (eV)
  • electrostatic field
  • element
  • eversion
  • excited state
  • exposure
  • extension

  • film badge
  • flexion
  • fluence, particle
  • fluorescence
  • fluoroscopy

  • gamma camera
  • genetically significant dose (GSD)
  • gray (Gy)
  • ground state

  • half value layer
  • half-life
  • hysterosalpingogram

  • in vitro
  • in vivo
  • interstitial therapy
  • interventional radiology
  • intracavitary therapy
  • inversion
  • ion
  • ionization
  • ionization
  • ionizing radiation
  • irradiation
  • isobars
  • isomers
  • isotones
  • isotope

  • Kerley('s) [s/l curly] A, B, or C lines
  • Kerma

  • lateral decubitus
  • lethal
  • linear accelerator
  • linear energy transfer (LET)
  • lymphangiogram

  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • mass attenuation coefficient
  • mass effect
  • mass energy absorption coefficient
  • mass stopping power
  • megavoltage
  • mucositis
  • myelogram
  • myelosuppression

  • nuclear medicine
  • nucleon
  • nuclide
  • oblique

  • orthovoltage

  • pair production
  • palliative
  • perfusion studies
  • photoelectric effect
  • positron-emission tomography
  • posteroanterior
  • prone
  • pyelogram

  • quality factor (Q)

  • rad
  • radiation
  • radioactive contamination
  • radioactive decay
  • radioactive equilibrium
  • radioimmunoassay
  • radioisotope
  • radiology
  • radiolucent
  • radionuclide
  • radiopaque
  • radiopharmaceutical
  • radioresistant
  • radiosensitive
  • radiotherapy
  • recumbent
  • rem
  • roentgen (R)
  • roentgenology

  • scintillation camera
  • sestamibi
  • SI
  • Sievert (Sv)
  • sonogram
  • specific activity
  • specific ionization
  • stopping power
  • supine

  • teletherapy
  • tenth-value layer (or thickness)
  • therapeutic
  • tomography
  • tracer studies
  • tram tracking (on chest x-ray)

  • ultrasonography
  • ultrasound
  • uptake

  • venogram
  • ventilation studies

  • xeroradiography

Links for terms
Try this link...it has almost anything you might need.
or in layman's terms
making sense out of nonsense that the doctor's dictate.
Here's one with a lot of terms/glossaries.
Psych terms...thank you!
I have put this on my favorites and will check it out further.....I appreciate your response:)
Surgical Transcription

Hello.  A local surgery hosptial is hiring im my area. I've been transcribing psych and technical material for 6 years. Anyone know of good web sites for daily surgical transcription, what to expect in common surgeries and any resources for surgery brush up?



Surgical account..
I am trying to get a local surgical account but my problem is they currenlty send their dictation overseas.  However, they are having to pay their nurses extra to edit/correct them because the finished report is of very poor quality.  Here are my questions....Does anyone know how the average of what companies pay for overseas transcription?  I don't want to sell myself short but I also don't want to work for nothing.  Do I have an advantage because I am local and will provide a "finished" correct report?  I am getting a proposal ready and want to make sure I have covered everything.  Thanks
Surgical accounts
I have two surgeons, surgical-oncology and I charge 0.12 cpl gross lines with pick up, print and deliver.  I do about 10,000 to 12,000 lines per month.  Very few procedures but lots of consults. H&P's and letters where I make my money.  Can do close to 500 lines per hour with them. 
with what you are getting in terms of payment...


Then outsources like us are getting ripped off...

I barely make $5 for 8 hours.. you think that's fair. .. cause I sure *&%# don't.


You are confusing your terms.

Software is the computer interface that allows you to perform a certain task, in this case, FTP software allows your computer to connect to an FTP site. If you're looking for an FTP site that is secure, you will more than likely have to pay for it. You can try www.ftptogo.com, although it is not free, it is a good site.

Opthamology Terms

I am testing for a company and I need a good website with Opthamology terminology?


MT911 has some terms
and medications for oncology
Depends on the terms (sm)
There is all the world difference in saying your insurance is $500 a month (and therefore $250 a check for every 2-check month) versus saying it is $250 per check (no matter how many checks per month there is).

Surgical margin
"if-nas-co" surgical margin negative for tumor.  Pleural fibrovascular adhesion was mentioned just before that.  Any thoughts as to what "if-nas-co" actually is?
cancer terms


layman's terms

FTP is (very) basically a secure connection to the client's mainframe.  It is like your computer picking up a phone and dialing the employer's system.  Once you are connected the only thing you have to do it keep the window open and the connection should stay active.

FTP is faster than a connection through the internet because it makes your computer a part of the actual system, instead of just a satellite.  Think of it like a meeting: the internet is a group of people just standing around talking, anyone can just pass by and listen in and hear all or part of the conversation.  FTP is like a closed and sound-proof conference room where only those in the room can hear.  Yes, there are ways to breach the room, but they are much more difficult and, for most, too much of a pain to bother with. 

The client should give you information how to use their FTP, but to understand, learn DOS commands (remember that from the 80's?).  FTP is easy to learn but confusing if you don't understand DOS.  Beyond that I can't really help you without a set of instructions and a netmeeting :)

or in lay people's terms, a cross between
As I go for terms, but glance back over
for headings and necessary elements, blanks.
The Surgical Word Book
is the best!  I do almost exclusively OP notes and I couldn't do it without this book.  Steadman's is also excellent, but if you get Steadmans you will have to get two books (Equipment Words and Surgery Words).  The Surgical Word Book has both together in one book.   
Surgical nursing books.

Try this link :)
If you mean the Surgical Word Book, it's the best! nm
psychology terms and tests
anyone know of a good website to get some basic psych. terms, tests, etc?  I am soon to start a new psych account, and have done very few psych reports of any kind....thanks for any input!
Depending on you in terms of experience - sm
and knowledge, 5 minutes can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. I can do anywhere from 12-20 minutes of dictation in an hour, but it depends on the Dr. dictating, ESL, difficulty of specialty, how much I have to look up (addresses generally), etc. When I first started it I would take me an hour to do 10 minutes of dictation. Hope this helps.
I don't know how to explain it - but it has more depth - in terms of
how far the key actually depresses, but I think it is an easy touch because my fingers fly on it.  This is the original IBM keyboard.  You know how on newer keyboards you are not even sure if you've hit the key at times - with this one it is easier to tell - I know that probably sounds crazy. 
IMO, yes. I would love to be a surgical tech.
No money for school, nobody to make the house payment while I'm in school (if I had money to go), etc., etc.  I'll be toughing it out for 11 more years till the house is paid off. 
Surgical removal of a baby????
I had that one yesterday and thought how strange to work delivery that way. If you ever work on Escription you will get a lot of laughs - it is voice recognition and I have had a ROS that said the man came in through the garage until the cat fell from the sky - have no idea what that was supposed to mean.
Need site for optometry terms. nm
There are a few terms I am constantly misspelling...
I make a shortcut so when I type it my (wrong) way it is "expanded" to the correct spelling. 
I always try to leave on good terms, even if

I really dislike the company.  Years and years ago I worked for a small local MTSO.  I wanted to work at home and she wouldn't let me so I quit.  I did tell her I would work PT at home only if she needed help and I knew she needed the help, but she was ticked at me and wouldn't give me any work.  About 2 months later she called me practically begging me to work for her, and I did.

I have applied to a company and been offered a position but turned it down and then have gone back later and applied again, but I haven't actually worked for a company and then asked to go back.

It is frequently recommended here to not quit one job before you have time to test the waters on the other, just in case. 

I would reapply or call them.  The worst they can do is say no. 


If you leave Co#1, do it on good terms so you
Typing test, Terms
They may give you a typing test or a medical terminology test.  Just brush up on your skills and know your stuff, just like any job.
All different word books, surgical

A dictionary is not going to be near enough for acute care.  You're going to come across many different instruments, techniques, procedures, etc. 

The "particular" factor will relate to the client's specific instructions, i.e. expanding, not expanding, symbols, most likely BOS compliant, verbatim, etc. 

I agree = cervical not surgical

Check out this for psych terms

Lots of psych terms and phrases on this one.


I just use the surgical word book. There
are three pages of bandages in there.
Buy a Stedman's Medical and Surgical
Equipment Words book. One of the best references around.
The Surgical Word Book is the Bomb for me!
It has so much in it besides surgical stuff. I then use Quick Look Drug Book, Stedman's Dictionary, and Sloane's Med Word Book. I love books but Google as well - usually double reference. And, let me not forget, the BOS2
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I agree. Best surgical word book!!!!! nm
Sounds like my Surgical Word Book sm
by Claudia Tessier.
I am heavy by society's terms. I weigh
about 210 and am 5'6" tall. Every single female in my family tree for generations had the exact same body habitus. We are all German with big bone structures. I cannot lose weight - period. Been there, tried and done that save for gastric surgery. It is genetic in my case. Seriously, it really can be. I am totally comfortable with my body and how I look - I even love clothes, shoes, jewelry, until....I have to go to the doctors for anything - a hang nail, and its because I'm -- OBESE -- you name it, a cough - its because of that. And THAT makes me MAD!  My cholesterol is normal, I don't have high BP and am 50. I am what I am what I am, and am happy with it until the med profession makes me feel like pond scum. All my relatives also lived into their 80s and 90s, the old healthy as a horse body types. I am super strong and in shape. I guess you get the picture. I have no arthritis, either, or any of the normal problems of mid life. I also drink milk - I LOVE MILK. I would probably lose 10 pounds max if I eliminated milk, but then I feel sick and run down. Its been a long time until I did get happy and satisfied with my body structure, but I still honestly hate doctors for their bias. And sometimes it is bias.
I've heard it used in derogatory terms (sm)
Maybe it is not supposed to be derogatory, but it is very frequently used that way 'round these parts!
Two: Dorlands and The Surgical Word Book -- SM
I use secure online reference sites for everything else.

surgical equipment info is good
need a good surgical equipment website, anyone have one

Any help would be needed.  Learning to do acute care ops - and need some good surgical equipment sites. 



Does anyone know a good psych website with terms, ect?
Surgical Word Book (Tessier, NOT Stedman's). nm