To any Doctors, medical researchers or biologist out there.
I’m working on a little medical db app for patients to record and communicate the apparent location of symptoms in three-dimensional space. I’ve code named the app “Hypochondria.”
I was inspired by my own experiences having trouble communicating with doctors. One time my spouse almost got a gall bladder infection missed by a doctor who interpreted her description of the pain as superficial back pain instead of being deeper in the abdominal cavity itself. I think such miscommunications occurs often, especially across language and cultural barriers.
I’ve been trying to find both images and a coordinate system that naive patients can use to map and log the apparent internal location of pain or other symptoms. I expected that there would be some public domain images because I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them before on either medical forms or back in college.
I just need simple related outlines, that show:
- Coronal (right-to-left or x-z plane),
- Sagittal (front-to-back or y-z plane )
- Transverse sections (left-to-right and front-to-back cross section or x-y plane ).
The outlines need to share scale and coordinate system such that by marking all three linked images a patient could accurately mark the apparent location of a symptom in three-dimensional space within the body. E.g. For gall bladder pain, the patient would mark the right-side coronal in the upper abdominal, the sagittal about in the same z-axis but inside the abdominal cavity about halfway along the y-axis and then the transverse to narrow it down further.
I can find anything on the internet if I know what it is called, so I am assuming my inability to find these specific type of images is owing to my not knowing the proper nomenclature. I suppose it’s thinly possible that I’m misremembering and that no one has tried to do this before, but I don’t think I’m that original.
I also dimly remember that someone had come up with a graph like coordinate system for anatomy keyed of invariant major features, but I could be wrong about that.
I could generate the outline graphics myself, but doing so makes me nervous. Making a mistake could in a medical app could kill somebody so I would like to use a more professional and known system if such exist.
If you know of something put it in the comments or email me at the address at the upper right of the page.
P.S. In passing I would note that this is the kind of thing that makes “evidence based clinical medicine” so difficult. Trying to convert patient descriptions of pain or other symptoms into some standardized coordinate or symbolic system that a computer can process will prove very difficult. Without careful planning followed by ruthless testing, the “evidence” one gathers can easily be gibberish that if acted upon, can kill.