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As I go for terms, but glance back over

Posted By: Misha on 2006-05-31
In Reply to: POLL - Do you proof as you go or proof when finished? sm - AzMT

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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.
surgical terms
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.
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:)
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).

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
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. 
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.
Check out this for psych terms

Lots of psych terms and phrases on this one.


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!
Does anyone know a good psych website with terms, ect?
Great website for drug slang terms

Some of you might remember that I'm working for my BIL doing chemical dependency training videos (transcribing them).

Well, I came across a term that I'm unfamiliar with.  I did a websearch and found this website.  Thought others might find it helpful so decided to post it.


Happy MT week!


Is there a way to do a ''wildcard'' search on Google for medical terms?nm
Is there a way to do ''wildcard'' searches for medical terms on Google? nm
PS this was leaving on "bad terms".. i wouldnt have done that if i was just quitting because i
I wouldn't have acted that way if it was my choice to leave. they gave me no choice. grrr im still so frustrated!!! :(
What to do if Word does not recognize your added medical terms - after updates? nm
I understand, but we have mutual respect in this household. He's right in terms of income, sm
and since he pays the majority of the bills, he knows what I need to bring home in order to live comfortably, etc.

On the other hand, he's excited for me in this new endeavor.

I just have to pray that I have the skills and knowledge to do this since this company has placed SO much confidence in me. It is just the biggest blessing ever.

Thank you for your response!
Or ask for samples of the doc's work if they're hard to understand. GI terms are
I would not; most of the time those type files, although not usually hard medical terms, take lots l
to type and are very difficult as it is hard to hear with background noise, different speakers, usually no macros, etc. I think they are worth more pay, not less. I also get paid by the word at 0.008 and had figured mine to be about 0.09/line as well in the past. stick with where you are.
A good website to search for medical terms, equipment, and drugs.
A good site for word help.
Unit secretary will help somewhat with terms, meds, and learning the flow of the shift, but it won&#
i have a Geneticist that i type and find it extremely hard with the terms of all the genetic disabli
With short arms, I need chair with shallow seat, good back support and high back. Want arm rests
OK! I'm glad you're back down here. Now don't go back up there and read those evil posts ag
Okay? But I have to leave you now, sadly. Thousands of noble dictating doctors are anxiously awaiting my help with their "dictations"....They're all loading up on chips, drinking lots of soda so they can burp, and then have to go to the bathroom...You know the routine! Off I go to earn some pennies!! But, truly, I am thankful that I have a job!
PS.. It apparently worked..I heard back and already submitted the paperwork back.

I'm not sure how many people they are hiring but you shouldn't stress too hard over it. Do the best you can.

I prefer books. I'm kinda old school. I like to be able to write new terms in my books. I do

have Stedman's Medical Dictationary on CD and I do use it quite a bit, but that's more because the actual print dictionary is so darn heavy to pick up and look a word up!

I would not do them back to back - I have done 2 and 3 jobs at the same time -- all PT - sm
It is possible to do of course but you will burn out fast. Now I do one almost FT (about 30 hours a week) and the other is about 8-10 hours a week-- I still get beat doing that and that is w/o set hours. I find that the older I get the harder it is to work late and I am only 40! But a mid afternoon 30-minute cat nap helps a lot in order to keep going on busy days.
How do you set your computer back 1 day. I messed something up and need to go back 1 day.
Yes, you get back to work now. Go back to
some routine, and it does start to hurt less. I know  And remember, she is still there at work with you. Always will be. I figure at this point I have a whole herd of loved dogs under my desk each day - along with a couple horses, hamsters, parakeets, rabbits...If only I could see them - must be quite a happy zoo! But I know they are all there I sense their love.
Can't anyway. Just get them back. sm

I actually tried to dump a report today, which I never do, because it somehow got into my pool in error (not my area of expertise), but it jumped right back up at me after the next report.  So I decided to just do it.  I don't know how well I did, but I did it.  It was over 150 lines long and took me forever.  Lo and behold, 5 reports later, same guy, same type of report 145 lines. Second time around was easier and faster though.  The way I see it is that if I get negative feedback, I'll let them know that those kind of reports really shouldn't come my way.

But cherry picking for line count is just plain wrong.

I did, but then I came back to it.

The other jobs I took involved quite a bit of computer use, too.  I got tired of the office politics and other garbage, so I'm doing MT again.  Now, I prop my keyboard up with a block of wood, although you can use a telescoping keyboard drawer/shelf to do the same thing.  I have a habit of letting my wrists rest on the keyboard, so I had to modify it to get my hands into the proper position.  It might have helped if I had taken piano lessons.  LOL  The only time my wrists ache now is if I work too much, which has been the case lately.  I don't know if it would be helpful for you to try.  I've been doing data entry or some form of computer input work for 17 years now, so I'm hoping carpal tunnel or repetitive motion injury isn't definitely in my future.

Going WAY back here
It's been a long time and I'm not "up" on the lingo, but by reformatting, do you mean you re-indexed?

I would go into whatever function that is where you can re-index all files or functions and do that.

If you still have problems, it might be that a file has been corrupted somewhere. That happened to me on that program a couple times. I'm not sure if it was the dictionary, but something somewhere stopped working right and I had to reload the entire program.

Be SURE to back up your autokeys immediately just in case you have to reinstall the program.

Can I get back to you about this later?

It used to be that we were treated as valued employees, treated with dignity, and actually felt like the higher-ups gave a damn about us.  Length of service meant something and those who were dependable never had to worry about running out of work.  I knew I would be taken care of.  Never did we get cheap plastic crap as a Christmas present - we got real, thoughtful presents to show their appreciation for the hard work that they knew we did.  It's pretty much like night and day - nobody gives a damn anymore about us.  It used to be the only thing I knew I could depend on to be stable in my life was my job.  Not anymore.