DIY Medicine

Monday, April 01, 2013

As healthcare costs rise, doctors and hospitals are saying "no" to high-tech tests more frequently. We'll speak with Dr. Sven Schwatzbaum about how some patients in Europe are getting around the problem. His article "DIY Medicine" is in the current issue of Radiology Today. 

Comments [25]

Didn't anyone try Google?

"Sven Schwatzbaum": Only results are this show or references to it.

"Handi Scan": A portable *photo* scanner.

"", the URL given by the good "doctor", is non-existent.

Also, note the absence of any link for the purported, article "in the current issue of Radiology Today."

May. 29 2013 05:30 AM
Joe Savino, MD from Port Washington, NY

Poor Leonard, not knowing anything about radiological equipment, fell for it. If the discussion had been about broadcasting, the same might have happened to me.

Apr. 02 2013 08:19 PM
Jessica Patton Pellegrino from Fairfield, CT

I kept wanting Leonard to say, "It's Leonard, by the way" when called Leonardo. I admit that the acting was so good (and I am so gullible) that it took a couple hours for me to realize it had been a joke. What was the tip off, hmm, the loom size comparison? Including ear hair as a minor health concern? The Bloomberg ban on large sodas impeding the approval of sale of the radioactive "orange soda like" 32 oz drink? I actually relayed the loom comparison to my husband as the weirdest and funniest esoteric NPR moment ever. WHO played the doctor? Brilliant.

Apr. 02 2013 08:20 AM
Aldo from The Bronx

I have 3 Händi Scäns in decent condition that I'd like to trade for a Volvo. Anyone?

Apr. 01 2013 11:41 PM
Brad F from UES, NYC

Disgraceful. Leonard, you should know better.

Apr. 01 2013 06:40 PM

I really want to know...did Lopate and team know that this was a joke when they booked the interview? I had to get out of the car shortly after the interview ended. Was the April Fools addressed at the end of the show?

I was seriously laughing out loud when he said that he was standing in the machine during the interview and gave a fake cough.

Apr. 01 2013 05:10 PM
Lars Goldsteinberger from Brooklyn

Hälsningar från Brooklyn! That means greetings from Brooklyn. The HÄNDI SCÄN is no joke. I purchased one of the devices at the IKEA here in Red Hook. The delivery was fast, but it's true what Sven said about the difficulty of assembling it. I tested it out on my wife last week and her abdomen is still somewhat discolored, but the booklet did say that sometimes happens and not to worry about it.

Anyway, we're very impressed with the unit and I have already used it--and the online database access service--to self-diagnosis two medical problems that my urologist missed. Now we're going to check our daughter's fiance's liver to make sure he's not an alcoholic.

Thanks, Leonard!

Apr. 01 2013 04:52 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Can we sue ourself for malpractice?

Apr. 01 2013 04:18 PM
robert from nyc

There is a companion home surgery kit.

Apr. 01 2013 03:35 PM
Dina from Red Bank, NJ

This has to be an April Fool's joke. Absolutely absurd.

Apr. 01 2013 01:52 PM

This is nutty - based on our pathetic understanding of our bodies and how they work in the world. Nuking is not unlike destroying, colonizing, etc. - that's our personality. I vote as a DIYer for Chinese medicine! Also Somatics.

I think cancer will make us become aware of our own bodies and get involved for self-care reasons.

In 2007 a high school student (Minuteman Regional in MA) figured out how to heal cancer cells in vitro, treating them with chi - in four days.

We are soooooo duped in our industrial culture!

Radiation? NEVER!!!

Apr. 01 2013 01:41 PM
lois c from jersey burbs

had me going up until 'dishwasher safe' nice one!

Apr. 01 2013 01:39 PM
beth from princeton


Apr. 01 2013 01:38 PM
Andy B from Central NJ

I'll bet this is an April Fool's Day bit!....A home medical device for $10K at IKEA?!

Apr. 01 2013 01:34 PM
Steve from Morristown

Happy April Fools Day

Apr. 01 2013 01:33 PM
Dorothy from Manhattan

Happy April Fool's Day to all.

Apr. 01 2013 01:33 PM
fuva from harlemworld

April Fools!!!!! Wow, yall had me for a minute.
(The non-Swedish accent should have given it away.)

Apr. 01 2013 01:33 PM
K L from NYC

Love this great home scan! I'll use it every day. And I can buy it at IKEA!

Apr. 01 2013 01:32 PM
Jessie from UWS

Could I use this to preboard my next JetBlue flight?

Apr. 01 2013 01:32 PM
John A

Actually Prof. G, it would be hoped that very very low cost computing plus simple sensor technology that We Could do CAT with harmless visible light.

Apr. 01 2013 01:32 PM
fuva from harlemworld

(These kind of interviewees highlight LeeonARd's professionalism and skill.)

Apr. 01 2013 01:32 PM
Dez from Boulder, CO

This guy's really full of himself. Turns me off whatever's he's talking about. What a jerk insulting the host.

Apr. 01 2013 01:30 PM
Jerry from LES


April Fools

Apr. 01 2013 01:30 PM
Johan A

Can this be operated while standing up, or even better, while doing StandUp?

Apr. 01 2013 01:27 PM

sounds like it'll be a big hit with hypochondriacs.

Apr. 01 2013 01:26 PM

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