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12 Radiology Days of Christmas and New Years


The 12 days of Christmas, radiology style.

I recently reflected on the holiday season and my call duties from a few days ago. After a few linguistic adjustments and with a bit of musical liberty, the following Christmas jingle ran through my mind.


On the first day of Christmas the admin said to me:  “A new contract under your tree.”

On the second day of Christmas the nuc techs said to me: “Two simple scans and a…”

On the third day of Christmas the IRs said to me: “Three central lines, two…”

On the fourth day of Christmas the surgeons said to me: “Four abscesses, three…”

On the fifth day of Christmas the police said to me: “Five gun-shot wounds, four…”

On the sixth day of Christmas the lead tech said to me: “Six new techs this week, five…”

On the seventh day of New Year’s the ER said to me”: “Seven traumas coming, six…”

On the eighth day of New Year’s the nurses said to me: “Eight patients waiting, seven…”[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_crop","fid":"30744","attributes":{"alt":"Ken Keller, MD","class":"media-image media-image-right","id":"media_crop_4278502780020","media_crop_h":"0","media_crop_image_style":"-1","media_crop_instance":"3226","media_crop_rotate":"0","media_crop_scale_h":"0","media_crop_scale_w":"0","media_crop_w":"0","media_crop_x":"0","media_crop_y":"0","style":"float: right; height: 184px; width: 160px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 1px;","title":"Ken Keller, MD","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]

On the ninth day of New Year’s the rad techs said to m: “Nine upper GIs, eight…”

On the tenth day of New Year’s the front desk said to me: “Ten phone calls holding, nine…”

On the eleventh day of New Year’s admitting said to me: “Eleven check-ins pausing, ten…”

On the twelfth day of New Year’s the coders said to me: “Twelve charges pending, eleven…”


Let’s all decide to make next year better.

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