Cewek Seksi Bispak Radiologists spend a lot of time measuring things. When someone has cancer, determining whether a lesion is growing or shrinking is of crucial importance. A change of one millimeter in the size of a lung nodule could indicate that a patient is responding to chemotherapy, and whether a person will live or die. The patients, the doctors, and occasionally the drug companies have their lives, reputations, and fortunes dependent upon the outcomes of these results. Needless to say, such measurements can be very subtle, and there can be some subjectivity about how to place the cursors. The pressure to manipulate, or "slightly fudge" a determination can be immense. However, you learn pretty quickly that good intentions or hope only delay the inevitable a few weeks or so. Telling the patient or the doctor the tumor is getting smaller may assuage feelings and satisfy egos briefly, but doesn't impact the course of the disease. A particularly cynical partner of mine was fond of saying "we can't fix the patient, but for a small fee we can change the X-ray".