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    What does an MRI Scan of the Brain show?

    Posted by Ravi Sohal on Thu, Apr 23, 2009

    brain mri picMRI scans are frequently used to evaluate the internal structures of the brain. Brain MRIs are not only used to discover tumors, infection and chronic diseases but also are now increasingly used in acute settings to look for bleeds and stroke.

    Brain MRIs are typically ordered for many different symptoms to exclude a tumor, aneurysm or unusual infection and as a follow up for stroke, surgery, etc. Below are a few common diagnoses that brain MRIs can pick up.

    Aneurysm - Aneurysms are ballooning of vessels that risk rupturing. If blood leaks from the aneurysm patients describe the headache as a thunderclap and sharp/shooting pains. Patients can also have stroke-like symptoms with weakness, slurred speech and confusion. These MRI scans are usually done without contrast but also with an MRA which gets a more detailed look at the vessels of the brain.

    Tumor - Tumors can be primary (from brain tissue) or secondary (from other sites, eg breast cancer). These typically present with headaches, weakness, and seizures. These MRI scans are done with contrast to help highlight and characterize the tumor.

    Infection - Brain infections present with headaches, fever, stiff neck (meningitis). Some infections can be chronic such as tuberculosis (Tb). If looking for infection the MRI is typically done with contrast.

    Stroke - Also known as a "brain attack", stroke refers to a blocked artery that deprives a part of the brain of blood (and therefore oxygen). This part of the brain loses it function and patients present with weakness, slurred speech, difficulty walking and on occasion, headaches.

    An MRI of the brain will evaluate:


    A brain MRI will include parts of the sinuses. Though not used to primarily look for sinus disease, an MRI can see thickening of the sinus tissue (mucosa) or fluid in the sinuses.


    Brain MRIs include the orbits but are not tailored to specficially look at the orbits. This requires a dedicated Orbit MRI which uses different sequences (sequence is a type of image) to look at the internal structures of the orbits. Nevertheless, it can pick up some disease of the orbits such as large tumors, bleeds, inflammation, etc.


    The skull is included in a Brain MRI and can detect bone tumors, infection and large fractures. It can also detect bleeds in the space between the skull and brain (aka epidural and subdural bleeds).

    Brain matter

    The white and gray matter of the brain are well seen. MRI can detect tumors, infection, bleeds, stroke and congenital defects. Part of the pituitary gland, optic nerves and upper brainstem are also evaluated. A "routine" brain MRI is done without contrast.


    These are the fluid filled structures inside the brain that help circulate cerberospinal fluid. Tumors and bleeds can extend into these structures and cause blockage which can lead to headaches, confusion and problems with walking for example. 

    Your Brain MRI Scan

    A brain MRI generally takes about 20 minutes or so to complete. If you are going for one, wear loose comfortable clothing and remember to remove all metal (jewelry, phones, rings, etc) before going into the MRI scan room. If you've had surgery or have a history of cancer, you'll probably have the test done with IV MRI contrast.

    If you're insured, you may need to have your test authorized (approved) by your insurance company first. If you're uninsured and need to look up prices and buy an MRI scan of the brain, you can use our website to look up MRI scan costs and then purchase with your credit card.

    Have you had a Brain MRI scan? What was it like? Please leave your comments below.

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    In your aneurysm part you describe blood leaking from such as a thunder clap and sharp shooting pains. If this has happened to someone in similar fashion but the person still feels okay, will an MRI detect this previous event?

    posted @ Thursday, April 30, 2009 1:13 PM by Ellen Stuart

    Hi Ellen, 
    Yes, if the bleed was significant enough it can leave behind trace blood which MRI can pick up. Also, if the aneurysm is more than a few mm in size an MRA may be able to detect it.

    posted @ Thursday, April 30, 2009 3:55 PM by Ravi Sohal

    Can I get cancer from doing a mri brain scan, or can I suffer from memory loss after it?

    posted @ Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:32 AM by Sam

    i had a brain scan it felt like i was in a coffin i was so frightened it felt like i was there for ages

    posted @ Tuesday, July 07, 2009 3:54 PM by MARY BRADY

    You don't include nerve damage as in MS or borderline MS conditions. Is there a reason for this? 

    posted @ Monday, July 13, 2009 2:16 PM by steve johnson

    Will a brain MRI/MRA pick up a small dissection in the vertebral artery?

    posted @ Friday, July 31, 2009 1:25 PM by Michelle

    Brain MRI/MRAs can pick up dissections of the vertebral arteries. But it depends on when you get the test after the dissection occurred and what MRI protocols are used to look for it. So small vertebral artery dissections can be missed or not seen at all.

    posted @ Tuesday, August 04, 2009 4:54 PM by Ravi Sohal

    I am scheduled to have an MRI Brain and IAC's with contrast, whatever that means very soon,,, I've never had an MRI and am wondering if it is altogether necessary, The only problem I'm having is a sensation of swelling in my ear drums which I believe is caused by an infection, but not confirmed. Should I have the MRI or see another Doctor? 

    posted @ Wednesday, August 26, 2009 6:35 PM by Betty Haynes

    Hi, My mom recently died due to multiple Aneurysm in the brain. I have been getting very bad headaches should I get an MRI scan done? would that benefit me?

    posted @ Wednesday, October 07, 2009 2:46 PM by Rekha venkat

    There are familial (inherited) forms of brain aneurysms. You should talk to your doctor about this. 

    posted @ Wednesday, October 07, 2009 3:51 PM by Ravi Sohal

    If a person is having pain at the time of the brain MRI, will it show up on the scan where the pain is immitting from? 

    posted @ Wednesday, October 28, 2009 8:17 PM by angela

    an mri without dye would it show a tumor on the brain.

    posted @ Thursday, November 12, 2009 6:16 PM by Helene

    I had a brain MRI done in the emergency room. I walked in complaining of left side of body mostly leg feeling tingling like numbed when i did not move it and told them it started happenning after hitting my left second right toe which lasted about 3 month purple and probably broken. question I also have nerve damage on right arm caused at birth which impared my arm, why did they not see this and I was told everything looked normal? Can it pick up all nerve damaged? My arm problem I do feel around neck area on certain moves which should connect with brain nerves?

    posted @ Friday, December 04, 2009 12:58 PM by ral

    would a tumor show on an mri without any dye.

    posted @ Tuesday, December 08, 2009 2:32 PM by helene

    Hi Helene, 
    Yes and no - a non-contrast MRI can show tumors but it really depends on the size and extent of the tumor. Small tumors could be missed without the dye. Also, the dye material helps the Radiologist characterize the tumor more accurately.

    posted @ Tuesday, December 08, 2009 6:37 PM by Ravi Sohal

    In the past few months, I have been having a strange "whoosh" sound in my ears periodically and have also felt "twitching or tingling" on the left and right sides of my head. I have had an MRI of the brain without contrast and it did not reveal much except for a small lipoma near the quadrigeminal plate cistern. I was hoping that I could get an opinion about what is going on. Also, will an MRI without contrast detect an aneurysm if one is present?  
    If possible, please respond, and thank you so much for your time!

    posted @ Monday, December 28, 2009 11:48 PM by Rochelle

    Hello one and all, 
    First I would like to note that my Dr. told me an MRI Brain Scan can be used to detect lesions caused by MS. 
    As a matter of fact that is why I had my first MRI Brain Scan last night, to check for MS Lesions. 
    It was quite an experience, I'll give them that. They give you ear plugs, lay you on a table, blind fold you and secure your head in place with foam and little pillows. The machine is quite loud so I suggest having the ear plugs in properly. Though you have ear plugs in you can still hear the Dr. speak to you while you're in the MRI and he can thankfully hear you as well. Just knowing that him and I could both hear each other was a relief and a comfort. They give you a rubber bulb to squeeze for immediate attention if you need anything.  
    My scan was 45 minutes which is a long time to be completely still but it wasn't too horrible when I kept my mind busy. I strongly, strongly suggest thinking of someone or something you absolutely love during the process as it will take your mind off the procedure and allow you to be more relaxed.

    posted @ Friday, January 08, 2010 7:03 PM by Samantha

    I have had many mri ofthe brain. Takes about 45 mins to one hr usually including the dye.Not painful at all.

    posted @ Monday, January 18, 2010 8:37 AM by Roy

    Have to have MRI with contrast. they think I may have Menieres as I've lost my hearing and still am a little dizzy. I hate these things...thinking about a Stand-Up Mri...will that do the trick? 
    Please get back to me. 
    Andy L

    posted @ Tuesday, January 26, 2010 4:16 PM by Andy L

    Does it hurt? How do they administer the dye?

    posted @ Monday, February 22, 2010 11:32 PM by wendy

    i lost my left eye and had a cornea transplant // but before the transplant i used to run into stff all the time and the left side of my body was always bruised // i drove a 2 door tahoe but now i have had the transplant and i traded down to a little suzuki i have wrecked it 2 x in 6 months my fault left side // but i hve 2o 2o vision // i also run over 1 or 2 low medians a week and sometimes when i fall i feel like i am falling forward but i actually fall to the side // any ideas on what is wrong with me ?? i am bi-polar with adult adhd // i hv been taking my medication for 2 years now properly every day and i no longer drink alcohol to cope

    posted @ Tuesday, March 09, 2010 10:33 AM by SHARON SMITH

    I had an MRI scan without contrast last July but it did not show anything. I have a number of symptoms that could all relate to having a brain tumor, but since I have been treated with migraine. However, none of the prescribed pills I have taken have worked. This week in particular, my symptoms have got worse and I wondered if I should ask to have another MRI scan with contrast? What is the likelihood of something showing up on this one? Thank you for your time!

    posted @ Friday, March 12, 2010 2:45 PM by Jessa Kydd

    I just had a scan last week and went searching trying to figure out why they required the dye. A week later and the doctor is on vacation and I'm on pins and needles.

    posted @ Friday, March 19, 2010 12:04 AM by Eco

    My scan showed numerous areas of high flair T2 signal throughout cerebral 
    hemisphere. I have scarring of the retina in both eyes. Neurologist will not be showing me the scan and talking me through result. 

    posted @ Monday, April 05, 2010 7:04 PM by fay roy

    My son had a mri done a few weeks ago. He has fluid around his brain and bumps on his brain. and no one will explain this to me. his doctor said he was fine. but i don't see how. with the fluid and bumps.

    posted @ Monday, April 12, 2010 9:04 PM by Kathryn

    I had a thyroidectemy 3 months ago and have been dizzy since then. I had an MRI of the brain and it showed I may have had a mini stroke. Wouldn't the MRI be definate? I think I have a pinched nerve in my neck from the surgery. I have pain down my arm and wrist. My neck is also tender. Would this cause my dizziness? Would a pinched nerve show up on the MRI? I am a very healthy 55 yr old woman. I do not have high blood pressure, high chloresterol or diabetes.

    posted @ Sunday, April 18, 2010 7:58 PM by Pat

    My 12 year old had an MRI done and we have to see a neuroligist in 2 wks. They said there were unexplained signals but no tumors or mass. What kind of signals might they be?

    posted @ Saturday, April 24, 2010 2:21 PM by joy

    If you had an MRI of the brain with contrast, would any abnormalities resulting from an aneursym or subarachnoid hemorrhage be seen? My husband had one episode of a severe headache with neck pain that eventually went away. No vision,speech or walking issues ocurred.He is feeling fine now,this happened about 1 month ago. 
    Thanks, Sue

    posted @ Tuesday, April 27, 2010 9:38 AM by Sue

    Hi Sue, 
    It depends. If your husband had the headache 1 month ago and then had the MRI then the blood may have been resorbed by then. Did he have an MRA (magnetic resonance angiogram) of the brain? This specifically looks for anuerysms in the brain.

    posted @ Tuesday, April 27, 2010 8:30 PM by Ravi Sohal

    I had an MRI with contrast yesterday. I did not get sick or itchy with the contrast, but I was considerably light headed after the scan. I'm not sure why, and it could be totally unrelated since I am having neurological issues right now anyway (which is why I had the scan in the first place). 
    When you go in for the scan I recommend getting as comfortable as possible on the table. I have a herniated disc in my lower back and need to shift positions quite a bit, so I prepared ahead and took some ibuprofen a few hours ahead (of course check with your ordering physician to make sure it's alright to do that). I also went in ahead of time with things to think about during the scan. For me the key to being still was singing a few songs in my head or planning my weekend, etc. I was so afraid that I would move and have to repeat the test, but I made it through! Hooray!  
    If you are afraid tell your Dr. and the technician. It's in everyone's best interest that the scan go well for you the first time. If you are afraid of the dye that's injected do NOT do your own research. Instead talk to a couple of trusted physicians and/or a radiologist. :) 
    I am really hoping that the MRI will show my Dr what is going. I was diagnosed with Meniere's disease through symptom evaluation by an ENT and a failed ABR. I had a pretty scary hearing loss a month ago that was bilateral and my ENT said that was not characteristic of Meniere's... so he ordered the MRI of the brain with contrast. Now I am just patiently waiting for the results. I was told at the time that the ABR can tell even more than the MRI (such as really small tumors or other very small issues). Is that true? Of course it's been a few years since I had the ABR.  
    The good news that we can all walk away with is this -- we have pictures to prove that we do, indeed, have a brain!! 

    posted @ Saturday, May 01, 2010 9:42 AM by Claire

    4 months of dealing with ear infection extraordinary pain,tinnitus: antibiotics,mastoidectomy,steroids,drip antibiotic therapy  
    vertigo from fluid collection across face following surgery: MRI(showed fluid in head), extreme pressure in head and ears, tubes in ears... The horrible pain was relieved by the mastoidectomy, but replaced with the pressure. What is this and how do I get rid of it. The pressure is so intense that my scalp itches; my ears feel as though they will explode; and there is a feeling of tightness in my entire head.

    posted @ Sunday, May 02, 2010 11:17 PM by BJStarnes

    My 20 yr old daughter has an slight indention which is new; tender. She was sent for a ct scan of her brain which came back normal. Now she is going for an MRI. Will this show something that the CT couldn't see?

    posted @ Friday, May 07, 2010 8:27 AM by Dee

    My mum had an MRI done and it showed clouds on her brain, they hv referred her for a neurology app as they don't think this is normal ageing. What could it be? Pls advise.

    posted @ Wednesday, July 28, 2010 12:58 PM by Cala

    My three year old son had an MRI scan with contrast done for chronic vomiting at 5:00am atleast twice a month. He has no other symptoms what so ever. Does anyone know what they could have been looking for? 
    Please get back to me I am on pins and needles waiting for results and I am not even sure exactly what they were looking for. 
    Thank you, 
    Worried momma

    posted @ Sunday, August 01, 2010 1:20 PM by worried mom

    Not sure what "clouds" are - it is not a medical term...

    posted @ Monday, August 02, 2010 1:06 PM by Ravi Sohal

    Worried mom, 
    Chronic vomiting can be caused by many conditions. Your doctor probably ordered the MRI of the brain to rule out a brain tumor or hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus refers to excess fluid in the spaces in and around the brain.

    posted @ Monday, August 02, 2010 1:08 PM by Ravi Sohal

    I have had a MRI scan in 2010 and had results everything was ok but the dr did say he could tell i was born through a emergency sarsatian 34 years ago how is this possible

    posted @ Tuesday, August 10, 2010 1:10 PM by Kelly Forrest

    After months of pain on top of head and discomfort at back of head down low my GP sent me for MRI head scan. It was extremely noisy but very important that you keep as still as possible. Mine was reported as clear but I was never offered the contrast and now feel that I should have had this and also should have had a head and neck scan as some of my pain I think may be lower than is included in brain scan.

    posted @ Sunday, August 15, 2010 12:46 PM by Maureen Davison

    I had a CT due to headaches, pins and needles and dizziness, it showed a 'white matter' then I had an MRI without the contrast, and waiting for the results. On the form of my "description of Service" is says 'Tumour of Brain or Meninges"...Im so scared of why they wrote that. and dont understand what white matter means or why I didnt get the contrast?

    posted @ Tuesday, September 07, 2010 10:30 PM by Chantalle

    Hi Chantalle, 
    The term "white matter"alone doesn't mean anything - white matter refers to the tracts in your brain that ultimately transmit motor and sensory signals. Did it say white matter lesion?  
    If there is a suspicious finding on the CT they will probably want to exclude the possibility of a tumor - it tells the imaging facility that contrast/dye may be required. However, it sounds like that after the initial set of images the Radiologist decided you didn't need contrast - which is a good sign overall.  
    Hope your test turns out well.

    posted @ Wednesday, September 08, 2010 11:28 AM by Ravi Sohal

    The Brain MRI and MRA could detect the acoustic neuroma?  
    Thanks in advance

    posted @ Friday, September 17, 2010 4:59 PM by stelios nickolaou

    The brain MRI may show a large acoustic neuroma. The appropriate study would be an MRI of the IACs (IAMs).  
    Here's a link to our blog post about an MRI of the IACs: 

    posted @ Saturday, September 18, 2010 3:57 PM by Ravi Sohal

    My 76 years old father had an MRI this morning after having a mini stroke three weeks ago. THe MRI showed a "very small bleed" and he was instructed to see a Neurologist. I"m wondering if he should had been sent to the hospital immediately instead?

    posted @ Wednesday, September 29, 2010 1:54 PM by Delas

    I had a mri and a mrv because they thought i might have a tumor on my pituitary gland and i saw a glimse of the scans and I saw to big spots of white on my brain. One was upper left and one was lower right. Should i be concerned or is this just part of me???

    posted @ Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:01 PM by Danielle

    It's hard to say without actually seeing the images...

    posted @ Wednesday, October 20, 2010 12:43 AM by Ravi Sohal

    i had a brain scan mri done for my cronic headache and dizziness with ear pain, but it was done in the ER and iforgot to tell them about my extreme sinus pain in my right side sinus and only my right side nostril was stuffy, would a sinus tumor above the eye show in a brain scan??? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ANSWER. 
    p.s. mine took only 35 mins, its noisy but they give you earplugs and take benedryl before going in youll nap the whole time :)

    posted @ Thursday, October 21, 2010 9:06 PM by case

    Only a part of the sinuses are included on a Brain MRI. But the eyes are included. So if there was a large tumor above the eye it would show. Did you get a contrast scan - an IV injection? This highlights infected tissue, tumors and makes the exam more sensitive to small tumors.

    posted @ Friday, October 22, 2010 11:45 PM by Ravi Sohal

    I have a T-1 - T-4 spinal mass, possibly a Grade 2 astrocytoma. But since May I've had increasing symptoms of a brain tumor as well (headaches, visual disturbances, personality changes, aphasia, dizziness, nausea)a brain scan in June showed nothing. Is it possible the spinal one disseminated and it was to early to show up on the scan?

    posted @ Thursday, October 28, 2010 4:51 PM by mike

    Are you on steroids or chemotherapy? These medications can cause the symptoms you have listed. However, since it's been several months since your scan, talk to your oncologist/surgeon and see if they would be open to another scan especially if your symptoms are worsening.

    posted @ Friday, October 29, 2010 9:22 AM by Ravi Sohal

    I am 28 years old and having alot of head pressure on the top left side of my head. This causes me to be dizzy and light headed when I stand. I have had 2 MRIs with contrast but the doctor says that the test came out normal. But i am still having the same problem and sometimes sharp pains on that side. Is it possible that I could have a tumor or excess fluid on the brain and the mri didnt show it up. Please respond.

    posted @ Saturday, October 30, 2010 6:04 PM by Ashley

    Many tumors even if small in size will be picked up by an MRI with contrast. If the exam was read "normal" then I would assume they looked for this and the fluid (call "CSF") is normal for your age.

    posted @ Monday, November 01, 2010 1:10 PM by Ravi Sohal

    I'm not on chemo, but I do take 5 mg of steroids from a pancreas/kidney transplant in Dec. 2008. It is the smallest dosage. Would that be enough to cause these symptoms? I do have another appointment with my neurologist this week. Thanks for your help.

    posted @ Monday, November 01, 2010 1:14 PM by Mike

    I recently had an an mri due to right arm numbnis, unable to move right side of mouth. medical analsys was no problems with brain instead sinus. told to take 3mg asprin daily. is this treatment correct. symtons still occuring  

    posted @ Monday, November 22, 2010 8:16 PM by robert flagg

    My 30 year olddaughter has been suffering intense headache's and has had 1 MRI scan 10 days ago, they have recalled her for another scan this week, why would they need to redo the scan so quickly? She says her headache's are like having an icecream/cold head that just does not subside, at one point she was unable to talk and co-ordinate movement, are we worrying unesacessariy?

    posted @ Sunday, November 28, 2010 5:13 AM by Mary

    So scared!!! My son's Dr. called today, she needs to see him tomorrow at the hospital. He had an MRI done on the 19th after having a CTScan and a EGG (or is it an EKG?) of his head. The EGG showed something abnormal therefore the Dr. ordered the MRI. My question is what can the MRI show? When my son was 3yrs old he contracted Meningitis. He averaged a temp of 104 while in the hospital for almost 4 days straight. He has been diagnosed with ADD, ODD and Learning Disabilities over the past years. He also suffers from major Anger problems. Often having several rages a day. He doesn't have headaches that often. It just mainly comes down to his emotional and learning problems ( learning disability isn't really too major, is in mainstream school with some modifications). Can a MRI detect brain damage from the Meningitis? Can it detect birth abnormalities? Can it detect mental problems such as Bi-Polar Disorder or Depression? I am so afraid to find out what the problem the Dr. has found with the MRI tomorrow. My greatest fear is a Tumor, the rest we can handle and deal with with help. He is now 15 yrs old. He has been having issues since he was little. I am so frustrated that they didn't do this years ago, when maybe if it is a Tumor it could have been dealt with. Oh, antoher issue that recently came up was the fact the Dr. had him taken off of Bupropion, he has been on it for years and years, the Dr. said that there haven't been any studies of the effects of long term use of this drug. Could a drug like this cause a tumor or other issues that could show up in a MRI? Thanks for any information you could provide, I would love it if you could respond soon, I am so stressed out and terrified.

    posted @ Monday, November 29, 2010 12:19 PM by TJ

    I have had sharp pains in the back of my head for several months along with some headaches behind right eye, which as well sumtimes gets cold, kinda weird, have also had aches in my calfs and arms had a mri of neck, negative which is good, tonite had a mri of brain, my rite nostral is closed and aslo had many bloody noses on the rite side, could this be sinus infection? Please, please any responf

    posted @ Wednesday, December 29, 2010 11:40 PM by rob

    I had spinal surgery mid July,2010 there I had problems during the surgery, I couldn't extubate & was desaturating, put on continuous pulse-ox for 3 days. I have no memory of being in the hospital 5 days, and went to rehab my memory started back 2 days after I got there, my doc. ordered speech PT of confusion, etc. I'm still haveing this problem and he said every thing is fine, I am now seeing a nero, doc and she has me going in for a MRI w+wo contrast, is she looking for a stroke, she did a EEG(i think that's what it's called put all those sticky pads in you head) and found I have a propensity to seizures, never have had on in all my life, and have had 3-4 of these test in my life and they never showed this before, just since the surgery. What could be going on. I have memory lost, mix up numbers and letters, confusion. I also have bad balance but have had that a few years, can anyone give me an idea of what could be going on. I had been running my own business up until now I just can handle it my check book is more white-out the ink.

    posted @ Monday, January 10, 2011 12:51 AM by Betty

    On 1-6-11, I had a CT done and it showed hypodensity in the right back part of my brain, I had an MRI done w/o contrast yesterday. I have had headaches so extreme that it has kept me from working. I get sharp pains in the right part of my head and now the pain feels like it's in my neck area. What could it be?

    posted @ Saturday, January 15, 2011 9:27 AM by Linda

    i am diagnosed with menieres disease. we followed the procedure as asked by my doctor. My mri depicted black spots with possible m.s., but the cat scan showed only a bulging jugular with no signs of labyrinth dysfunction. i'll be happy to finalize all the procedures, just not there yet.

    posted @ Sunday, January 30, 2011 10:48 AM by lorraine

    My 8 year old daughter just went in for an MRI of the brain today, she has unilateral proptosis in her right eye with loss of vision. Has anyone experienced this??

    posted @ Monday, January 31, 2011 4:59 PM by michelle

    I had a MRI heard all the horror stories so I called and the hospital walked me through what they would be doing.  
    I was in the open kind of machine by choice they put headphones on with music I kept my eyes closed. Was very loud noises. When it was quiet I wanted the tecs to know I was in the machine still they did let me know though a intercom to the machine. It seemed like I was in the machine foever... it was 20  
    mins Keep your thoughts on the music and you will be fine.

    posted @ Wednesday, February 02, 2011 7:55 PM by Sparkles

    I had a CT done of pituitary gland which showed a small mass growing then had a MRI with and with out contrast was told by doctor it was normal but that there was a lesion there. What does that mean?

    posted @ Tuesday, February 08, 2011 9:43 PM by Debbie

    CT scans for a variety of reasons are not the best test to examine the pituitary. But sometimes there can be "suspicious" enlargement of the gland on the CT. That's where the MRI comes in to confirm it. If the MRI was negative then what was seen on the CT was probably an artifact.  
    However, that said, I'm not sure what it means that there was a lesion there? Does he mean that there was maybe a small bleed that has resolved?

    posted @ Friday, February 11, 2011 9:53 PM by Ravi Sohal

    hi there, 
    i have post concussion syndrome.i have an mri scheduled . how and what will the mri show in my case? 

    posted @ Saturday, February 12, 2011 6:57 PM by garry

    Hi Garry, 
    If present, the MRI will pick up subtle shear type injury to white matter tracts which you can see in whiplash and many types of concussive injury. In some patients the MRI will detect evidence of small bleeds or scarring.

    posted @ Monday, February 14, 2011 9:42 PM by Ravi Sohal

    I am 50 years old. Over the last 2 years I have had 8 different scans of my brain. It all started with a scan to "rule out" an Acoustic Neoroma, because I do have some hearing loss in my left ear. The ENT told me I have multiple skull leisions and sent me to a neurologist. They saw the scan and scheduled another brain scan, chest and abdomen MRI scans and a full body bone scan looking for the "primary site" which I took to mean cancer. Those scans revealed another growth on my liver so I had to go the gastroenterorologist who ordered other digestive track tests. After all was said and done they have determined that I have hemangiomas on my skull and liver. 
    They say don't worry about it. 
    Althought they tell me not to worry, I still have to get CT scans ever 6-9 months to look for any change in size etc. Since this all started I have daily twinges in the right side of my head. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think that today is the day I will have a bleed or a seizure. I am sure this is causing symptoms of anxiety but I just don't know if the anxiety makes my head twinge or does the head twinge make me anxious. 
    Overall I am dealing with it much better than I was 2 years ago. At that time, during the initial round of scans and tests, I was sure that the bad news was coming and thought alot about leaving my 4 and 6 year old boys behind. For now I just accept it as reality and do the best I can from day to day. 
    Now the question. What are the risks of having this many CT and MRI scans, espicially knowing that I will continue to have them every 6 - 9 months.

    posted @ Thursday, February 17, 2011 1:14 PM by Greg

    If you were told they are benign hemangiomas, then there is probably no need to continue getting scans especially since it has been 2 years and presumably there has been no change.  
    Are you getting CT scans to follow these hemangiomas? If so, then the risk is that you are exposed to radiation from the scans.

    posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 2:58 PM by Ravi Sohal

    When I made the brain scanner felt dizzy and mixed. Is this normal to experience during brain scanner? 

    posted @ Monday, February 21, 2011 12:13 PM by Betty

    I had an MRI of the brain done and it showed at least a dozen bilateral areas of increased signal intensity in the subcortical white matter as well as teh periventricular and deep white matters. This is a nonspecific finding which can be related to microvascular ischemic change. It is found in sequela of prior infection or injury as well as demyelinating disease although this does not have the typical appearance for demyelinating lesions and does not show decreased signal intensity on T1 weighted images. No infratentorial foci are demonstrated. There are no extraaxial collections seen. There is no evidence of abnormal blood product. There is no mass effect. There is an area of increased signal intensity demonstrated on T1 sagittal imagining in the region of the falx which likely represents a small focal area of fat. Review of diffusion weighted images shows no evidence of acute ischemic change. Nonspecific white matter areas of increased signal intensity seen in the cerebral hemispheres bilaterally.  
    that was my report findings. I have uncontrolled blood pressure because every medication they have tried increases my bp and the calcium channel blockers caused thunderclap headaches and vomiting even at the lowest dosages. I tried atenolol and it made me hyper for 2 days straight, took away my appetite and caused insomnia on 1 of the lowest dosages (12.5mg) they tried another nadolol same effect. So I am on xanax .37.5mg - .50mg twice a day with some effect. 
    my left carotid is 30-40% blocked; possible fibromuscular dysplasia in the right carotid and more than 90% blockage in my left renal artery. They want to try and ARB next. Anything that causes a headache will not be good for me. I also have neck pain and headaches of late and I am afraid the results of the MRI which was done in fall 2009, might have indicated something related. 
    I spoke with the physician's assistant at the neurologists office and my psychiatrist who both said the white matter could indicated hardening of the arteries and my left ventricle of the heart is beginning to harden. 
    My diet is good and I try to do all things naturally; however, i am under severe and constant stress and trauma at home. I am 58 and I am petrified of dying of a stroke or heart attack since my father was 69 when he died of a heart attack.  
    I cannot tolerate the bp meds nor will i even go on statins (my ldl is 109 but they want it to 70) and so i am trying slo-niacin 500mg a day per the dr to see if that will help. I have severe contrast allergies so they cannot do a cta of the renals carotids or brain so I am quite a difficult case. 
    I have a 16 yr old daughter who does not understand the gravity of all this, and I do want to be there for her graduation and entering of college. 
    any advice? all i do is go for tests and i am tired of being sick.  
    Many thanks to you Ravi Sohal.

    posted @ Saturday, February 26, 2011 3:57 PM by denise

    On MRI without contrast, a medullary cavernoma was seen. A contrast MRI is now ordered, because of continued headache,and a sense of losing balance with positional changes. Would the 2nd film be significant enough to r/o a condition that a non contrast could not? I am apprehensive about a contrast MRI/side effects

    posted @ Tuesday, March 01, 2011 8:37 PM by Renee Quinn

    Are you getting a contrast MRI to "rule out a neuroma"? If so that type of brain MRI does require contrast.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 02, 2011 2:58 AM by Ravi Sohal

    My son needed a MRI never got it done cause he has braces. Is there another way to check him out without having to remove his braces, because that's not an option.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 02, 2011 4:50 PM by monica

    Brain MRI without Contrast showed i have pontine lesion on my brain 
    the next day i had another mri with contrast and nothing showed up ...they want me to see a ms doctor but why would it show up on one but not the other???

    posted @ Saturday, March 05, 2011 4:06 PM by sophia

    Unfortunately the braces will interfere with the MRI scan (and CT scans). Sometimes the scans are done without removing braces but because of the distortion caused by the braces the exam is considered limited and can miss an abnormality. Talk to your son's doctor and see if this MRI is absolutely necessary.

    posted @ Saturday, March 05, 2011 5:27 PM by Ravi Sohal

    The lesion may not show up on the contrast part because it does not take up the dye (but can still be seen on the non contrast part of the MRI). An MS plaque may not take up dye if it is currently inactive. They take up dye when they become active. There are a few other things which may not take up dye such as old strokes.

    posted @ Saturday, March 05, 2011 5:30 PM by Ravi Sohal

    Hi,I have had one MRI scan and was wondering if I should go for a second one as i am still dizzy! the first one came back clear, is one sufficent enough?  
    Thank use

    posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 9:54 AM by zoe bradley

    It depends on many factors - are your symptoms getting worse, how long ago was your last scan, was it done with contrast, etc. You should talk to your doctor and find out if you need another MRI or perhaps one tailored to your symptoms (called an IAC MRI).

    posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 12:55 PM by Ravi Sohal

    Im 21 yrs old and Last week I had an mri of my brain done due to increased muscle twitching in my legs that gets worse at night alonng with weakness and pain my doc also found that I have hyperreflexia myoclonus tremors and a few other problems. The mri shows that there is a spot in the posterior inner capsule of my brain suggestive of an old bleed of calcification..what could this mean and is this anything serious and what do they normal do in these situations? Not supposed to see the doc for a while so kind of freaking out any information about this would be very helpful! Thanks!

    posted @ Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:03 AM by megan

    This could be an old bleed or calcification as you've said. One of the things to consider as well that it could also be a cavernous angioma.

    posted @ Tuesday, March 15, 2011 3:29 AM by Ravi Sohal

    My wife complains that I do not listen to what she says. We have lengthy conversations, from time to time and I do not recall all of the conversations and she gets very upset that I don't listen to her. The thing is, I do listen but just do not recall all of the conversation and sometimes none of it. Will an MRI brain scan find anything or is there somethinig else I can do to fix this? 
    Thank you...

    posted @ Friday, March 18, 2011 9:50 AM by Scott

    I'm getting ready to have a 3rd mri. The first showed I had a lesion on my corpse colosseum, so they checked my brain and spine again. They said everything looked good and that the lesion was gone. How is that possible?? I read up on lesions on the brain before my first mri and the books said they don't go away. So I've been very confused and worried since then. It's been about 7 yrs since my last mri bc I keep having pain in my head and I'm getting mood swings. I've had migraines ever since I was in middle school. I've had several concussions and contusions, if I touch where I got hurt, I still feel pain even after 10-15 yrs. But I am confused about lesions. Would like your input. Thank you, Tonya

    posted @ Thursday, March 24, 2011 4:59 PM by Tonya

    had my head MRI today - noisy and bit cramped but, so WORTH IT! Nothing to be scared of at all - Its just the noise of the magnets doing their thing and the music in the headphones is soothing. I do not like enclosed spaces but lay there and breathed deeply and watched the assistants through my mirror - Quite fascintaing and amazing technology.

    posted @ Thursday, March 31, 2011 3:47 PM by daisylonglegs

    a friend fell down the stairs hit his head went to the ER 3 days later found neg. now he feels very dizzy. should he go back to ER.please reply. thank you

    posted @ Friday, April 01, 2011 9:35 PM by gladys

    what could white spots found on the MRI mean ?

    posted @ Wednesday, April 06, 2011 7:19 PM by Lorraine Burnard

    I am scheduled for a (brain) MRI in a couple of weeks. Can a MRI show an injury that happened 40 years ago?

    posted @ Friday, April 08, 2011 5:39 AM by Gpa

    Lorraine - white spots is a layman's term for changes in the white matter of the brain - could be "normal" or related to atherosclerosis or multiple sclerosis. It really depends on the context of what the exam was done for and what else the MRI showed.

    posted @ Friday, April 08, 2011 5:02 PM by Ravi Sohal

    Maybe - maybe not. Really depends on the type of injury you had. If you had a major brain bleed and surgery - yes, it might show up as scar tissue.

    posted @ Friday, April 08, 2011 5:03 PM by Ravi Sohal

    Thank you for your response Ravi. I have had stuttering, and slurred speech over the years, dizzyness, off balance as well. I was just recently diagnosed with Vertigo, due to the vomiting, severe spinning etc. I also have aquired hearing loss, Tinnitis (severe), and my speech recconition is real bad (I hate it the worse). So my Primary Doc is running me through a whole bunch of tests and other specialist to find reason and cause. Of course, the MRI is one of them. I'm only 62, and jog 4 miles every day or so. I've always been in pretty good shape. Oh well, life, if you live it long enough will surely bring you new adventures that's for sure. Blessings

    posted @ Saturday, April 09, 2011 9:53 AM by Gpa

    9 months ago I started having extreme dizziness / fatigue and migraines that lasted months at times.  
    Had 3x brain cts one with contrast 
    1x skull ct 
    Brain MRI 
    Neck MRI 
    Blood work that never ended and metal poisoning testing 
    Everything came back normal. Other then vascular migraines  
    My problem is my dizziness and confusion is getting worse 
    Would it be wise to stop more imaging or press on and try to get an mra MRI  
    I have seen neurologists various er doctors my GP and an ent  
    Thoughts and suggestions 
    Ps u do get tingling from time to time in hands and feet and some tines numbness of the face  
    I'm just worried of the possibility of an anerysm or other horrible issue with myself 

    posted @ Tuesday, April 12, 2011 4:08 PM by Antonio d

    I had an MRI many years ago and nothing was found for severe headaches. I started having them a couple weeks ago and don't know if I should agree to another one or not.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 13, 2011 4:01 PM by Jennifer

    Thanks, Ravi, for the great post on MRIs. I have terrible sinus problems and was interested to see that an MRI can be used to evaluate them. Good for me to know.

    posted @ Monday, April 18, 2011 9:25 PM by Rebecca

    Been having twitching headaches and pain in left leg I got bit by a dog 3 months ago did not take rabies shots the day I got bit doctors told me I did not need it I came back took it 7 days later but had a little weakness before I took shoots I am hoping mri of brain will see what the problem is and my eyes are glassy I am scarred I should'nt have listen to doctors

    posted @ Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:53 PM by larry

    I had a brian MRI with contrast, they discovered a liasion. Would the liasion stand out if it's cancer?

    posted @ Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:39 PM by Debbie

    I am 55 with no HTN or DM. I had an MRI because of sensory ataxia. Report says 3 or 4 small foci of T2/FLAIR hyperintensity in the subcortical supratentorial white matter, minimal ill-defined periventricular FLAIR hyperintensity as well as 3 or 4 T2/FLAIR hyperintense foci in the pons. Read as c/w chronic microvascular ischemic change - I understand what that is but what could cause this?

    posted @ Saturday, April 23, 2011 8:55 AM by emm

    Was denied contrast a year ago for MRI on arm...due to creatnine and BUN elevations. Now, I am supposed to have brain MRI with contrast...will do bloodwork prior to it. Concerned about use of contrast as kidney disease has been in the family; sister on dialysis for 20 years prior to her death. Should I get the contrast the first time around or wait to see if anything is found.

    posted @ Monday, April 25, 2011 9:23 PM by Marjorie

    I'm similar to Antonio d 
    Im 27 and I have been experiencing dizziness/lightheadedness for about 9 months. At times I feel like I’m going to pass out. My eyes get heavy, the left side of my hand feels a little numb. I get these weird headaches. My eyes are sensitive sometimes to parallel lines and patterns. I also suffer from nasal congestion. 
    I’ve had: 
    CT scan of the brain 
    Mri Brain 
    Mra Brain 
    Mri Cervical Spin 
    Carotid Ultrasound 
    Holster test 
    Table Tilt test 
    Everything was ok ….which is good….but at the same time…Not knowing what’s wrong scares me. But at least the worse of the worse is canceled out. 
    I’ve decided to take my chance at Acupuncture….I had one session…from my tongue he pointed out some interesting things. I had a white scalloped tongue. Which could mean a Spleen Qi deficiency…..and when I thought about it….I was experiencing sharp pains at times around my upper left ab. Which I pretty much ignored because I thought it was muscle craps. When I told my main doctor about this discovery, he basically didn’t believe in acupuncture and said its just a ripe off. But I’m a strong believe of Oriental Medicine. I also don’t have anything to lose. So I’m going to another acupuncturist this Monday to see if she can solve this mystery. Feel free to email me, for info or for just comfort. Good to know I’m not alone. I hope everyone recover as well. 

    posted @ Saturday, April 30, 2011 4:23 PM by Chris

    The FDA has "black boxed" contrast material. Are there different products that are less potentially harmful than others?

    posted @ Saturday, April 30, 2011 6:27 PM by Joe

    I absolutely have question.(Thank you.) 
    I was on methadone for 10yrs. straight; flat,never skipping a beat,everyday.I know they all say it does nothing harmful to brain,but as time passed I always believed somehow it would be.(There's not a lot of knowledge about long term use & how it affects the brain.)So I've been taking suboxone for, presently.So here's my question : If there were any damage fr. past,long term usage would MRI detect,or concur ?

    posted @ Wednesday, May 04, 2011 11:28 PM by Eliz K.

    Take a washrag with you to get an MRI and lay it double layer over your eyes before they push you in. That way you won't see you are in a container and I just did my Rosary over and over so I could estimate how much time had passed. The wash rag really helped. I could not have made it if I had looked inside.

    posted @ Friday, May 06, 2011 5:26 PM by Linda

    My 2 year old son have very weak legs, body straightness, he is all right at delivery, we have give hime nutritional food but result was not well, Dr. advise to MRI Brain Scan, What is home treatment may be for above?, I am from Parbhani (Maharashtra),where from I will do MRI Brain Scan in low expenses .. M.Sakhare Mo. 9860985244

    posted @ Saturday, May 07, 2011 6:34 AM by Maroti Sakhare

    I am a 42 year old woman and recently my opthamologist picked up cupping of the optic discs in both eyes. I don't have any pressure in my eyes and have been sent for an MRI with contrast this week. I have recently been suffering from 1 sided headaches and tinitus. Why do I need to have an MRI?

    posted @ Tuesday, May 10, 2011 2:40 PM by Helen

    Prior to the MRI you should also remove any credit cards or other items with magnetically encoded data (Driver License). I had an MRI and afterwards found none of my credit/debit cards worked.

    posted @ Friday, June 10, 2011 12:40 PM by Ron W

    I want to know if there is a significant changes from the initial stroke(infarct, ischemic) MRI and after a year. My doctor wants to repeat both MRI and MRA

    posted @ Friday, June 10, 2011 9:37 PM by

    What does it mean, when a doctor tells one after having had an MRI, that it is normal for your age?

    posted @ Tuesday, June 14, 2011 2:36 PM by

    I had bad pain in my cheek and not being able to pinpoint the exact site of the pain, I went to the dentist who sent me to an Oral Surgeon for two extractions - one being a wisdom tooth. The pain increased & I was told I had a dry socket. Now 5 weeks later the pain is even worse and when I touch my chin the pain feels like an electric shock from chin to cheek. I've been sent to an Internist for a contrast MRI of the brain and brainstem and internal auditory canals. What could they be looking for do you think?

    posted @ Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:31 PM by Erica Faught

    My mom is having dull headache, tingling/numbness and heaviness in left arm, sees white spots all of which occurr and go away within 15-20 minutes. A couple weeks ago she had 3 episodes in one day. She has since had an MRI and they told her to keep her appointment with the Neurologist. We are anxious and were hoping someone may have had the same type of symptoms and have already been diagnosed. Any thoughts?

    posted @ Thursday, June 16, 2011 3:00 PM by Mary Ann

    I had an open MRI with and without contrast. I expected the machine to be more open than it was. My head was in a donut for around 45 minutes. I suffered from anxiety, I took one xanax of .50mg, but I was still nervous. It is noisy inside and all white with a gray line in the middle; it is optional to close or cover your eyes. In my case I kept them open and concentrated on the beauty of the white and the rhythm of the noises, reassuring myself that I was okay that I had the option of getting out if I wanted to. Just try to relax yourself by reassurance that you are safe and you need to finish the test to get better. Thanks to my Lord/God in Jesus Name I was free of any abnormalities. God is a god of miracles, his mercies are new every morning. Pray, and memorize Psalm 23 before you the test, it really makes a difference. God our Infinite Source is an infinite dynamo, continually pouring strength, health, happiness, and power into the soul. 

    posted @ Saturday, June 25, 2011 8:22 PM by Clara

    hi,i had a mri brain scan today,when i finished the radiologist asked me had i got an appointment for results? i said no and she told me to make an appointment in 7 now worrying coz reading other peoples experiences they say it took a feww weeeks for results...would the radiologist have called a consultant in to the room to see me if there was anything wrong?? like a tumour or aneurysm etc...please reply as will worry all week now,or am i paranoid lol thankyou

    posted @ Monday, June 27, 2011 8:44 AM by annlou

    I fell sideways after losing my balance doing yard work. Having just pruned a rubilinee palm, one of the just cut stubs on the trunk "stabbed"( but didn't go through) my left temple on my head. I experienced lots of tenderness there, and had a hard little lump develop there the next day. Did not go see doctor, thinking it was no big deal. Now, nine months later, I have pain there when I chew food. I saw a neurologist last week who is sending me for an M.R.I. Of the. Rain, without contrast tomorrow. He is sending me because I have been experiencing mJor memory loss. I did not tell him about the injury. Will M.R.I. Catch anything cUsed by the injury also? Even without contrast? Could the memory loss be due to injury to the left temple? I am a 52- year old woman. Thank you. Please answer.

    posted @ Monday, June 27, 2011 4:18 PM by Rosie

    I have a question??? My younger sister who is 21 went to the hospital with a severe headache and ended up being admitted because one of her pupils was extremely dialated... They did CT scans and MRI to rule out tumors and anuryrism and such... Well they did find grey matter in the front of her brain near her sinus canal... The only thing the Dr's could say was this is abnormal? They sent her to see a nuerologist which was a waste of time because the only thing they said was she needs a headache specialist and the grey matter "May" have been there since she was born. Does any of this seem right? I am just concerned because none of these doctors seem to know anything. She since started fainting and her pupil randomly dialates double the size of the other. I just would like some advice since 2 different hospitals aren't sure. What if is it serious? She is so young!

    posted @ Saturday, July 02, 2011 5:57 AM by jamie

    My wife had a MRI IACS and W Contrast on June 20. The indication was Otomastoiditis on the right. Ataxia. Question of trigeminal neuralgia. 
    Findings: There is otomastoiditis and apical petrositis on the right side with extensive retained secretions throughout the mastoid air cells and corresponding gadoliniuim contrast enhancement. There is infectious enhancement of the right occipital condyle and C1 lateral mass. Extensive adjacent infectous soft tissue enhancement likely on the basis of phlegmon extends to the right cartoid, parapharyngeal and phaaryngeal mucosal spaces. No definable abcess in the field of view. No leptomeningeal contrast enhancement in the posterior cranialfossa or intracranial abcess.

    posted @ Monday, July 04, 2011 3:23 PM by Edward Scott

    The Doctor at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton (A Univesity Hospital) told us that a MRI is not always definitive, because it gives too much detail. AS an example he sid you would not use a MRI on a auto accident victim because you could differentiate new injuries from previous damage, so he ordered a CT Scan with contrast. It seemed to work for us. 
    This is a very difficult situation. WE started out with a ear infection which is now healed up. But the MRI said the infection has gone into the bone of her haed and neck. Two Doctors claim the MRI is wrong, she does not present any symptoms of infection, and her white cell count is normal. 
    She is currently daignosed as Temporal Arteritis, and we are going back to ST. Joseph' on Thursday for a follow-up exam.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 05, 2011 9:59 AM by Edward Scott

    My 20 yr old daughter had ct scan dr said calcium deposits but an MRI would just double check MRI said there was slight shadowing i'n the left of the brain at the top what is shadowing ???? Her headaches are bad every day mainly with pain at the front an for the past week she feels sick with them too we waiting for a neurologist appointment but it's taking forever should I b worried with the term shadowing the gp said could be a Boney mass or some film thing lz advise a very worried mum

    posted @ Tuesday, July 05, 2011 5:24 PM by Amanda

    Hello Amanda: Sorry I can't help you, I am not a doctor. My wife has been through 7 1/2 of hell with a ear infection, she has had CT scans, MRI, and seen several specialists nd it seems now that the basic problem is that her diabetes is out of control, she is taking too much medication, and has a pinched nerve in her leg.

    posted @ Friday, July 08, 2011 9:49 AM by Edward Scott

    what is the sensivity and specificity like in brain MRI.false positive on the meningeal thickening ?

    posted @ Tuesday, July 19, 2011 1:02 PM by DR HENRY TOH

    Hi, I was hit over the back of the head over eight years ago in an armed robbery,would there be a scar left on the brain that would show up on a MRI scan. 
    I have had to start all over again from a baby.

    posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2011 5:23 AM by christian morgan

    I have had a bad cold for several days, went in and had a MRI done. I woke up the next day with humming sound and a clogged ear.My taste and smell is off. My head seems more stuffed up. Could the MRI have caused more problems

    posted @ Thursday, July 21, 2011 6:51 AM by Roni

    does a Brain MRI show fluid behind eardrum??

    posted @ Friday, September 02, 2011 2:41 PM by John

    I suffer from alot of miagraines so my physician had a pet scan done of my head. It detected a couple of brain lesions so he had me have an mri with contrast which turned out normal. So my question is: which test is correct? Pet scan or mri? Also the nurse who injected the contrast went completely through the vein and into the tissue because she suddenly started apologising and telling me my arm was about to start cramping and hurting, which it did, now it leaves me wondering if there was enough contrast fluid to make an accurate diagnosis. Should I persue this or just assume the tests were correct and I do not have brain lesions? Thank you for your help, Debbie

    posted @ Sunday, September 04, 2011 10:54 PM by Deborah

    I had a CT scan which showed a small lesion on my brain so I had an MRI without contrast which showed normal, and I am worried whether it didn't show up be aide I didn't have the contrast? please help

    posted @ Monday, September 12, 2011 11:55 AM by Alice

    I have recently had an mri and cat scan for dizziness,headaches,nausea,weightloss,intermitent ringing in ears,fatigue and general malaise,memory loss.I Was hospitalised for 8 days also have constant dry mouth,pale diahorea or constipation have lost alot of weight.All tests were normal including blood work,urine,chest xray,blood pressure.Still have headaches and rest of symptoms have been so worried.Is it possible radiologist could have missed small cerebrial infarction.Also had contrast dye injected when having mri which i presume would possibly show any vascular abnormality.Please coul you advice.Thank you.

    posted @ Friday, September 16, 2011 2:47 PM by Mary Catchpole

    Is a skull mri and a brain mri the same thing?

    posted @ Sunday, September 25, 2011 4:06 PM by Sean

    What causes white markings on the brain that are not MS

    posted @ Wednesday, September 28, 2011 9:04 AM by Jenny

    I have been driving myself mad for months i have a brain tumour. It started out as headaches, dizzyness and general weakness to occuring with a really sensitive left ear that would crackle or make a swooshing noise in left ear when hearing load noises on the same side i had experienced the headaches. I then started to feel high levels of nausea and would regurgitate quite often and felt really dizzy and experienced seizures, had mri today and radiologist pretty much said nothing to worry about but i still have pressure in and crackling in left ear and pressure in back left side of head that can be felt when i stick my tongue out, turn my neck or raise my eyebrows, what could it be? thanks for any help in advance would be much appreciated x

    posted @ Wednesday, September 28, 2011 9:42 AM by jordom

    I had a CAT scan and it showed that I had a brain tumor. Went to a neuro surgeon and he said that he didn't know if it was on the skull or the brain. So he sent me for an MRI with contrast. Spoke to my doctor today and she said they didn't find anything. How is that possible that 2 different diagnoises? I have been a nervous wreck for over a month.

    posted @ Tuesday, October 11, 2011 3:05 PM by Michelle

    I am having headach,so my Doct. advised me MRI brain. 
    Will this report evalvate the exact casue of my heacdach? 
    pl guide me. 

    posted @ Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:42 AM by farooq

    my alcoholic son took his sister's methadone. Now he has brain damage and can't walk. What would an MRI show? and is there any danger if he is intubated for this procedure?

    posted @ Sunday, October 30, 2011 2:19 PM by Colette

    Is it possible to have mini strokes and it not show up on an MRI - I recently had MRI due to right side of face drooping down with no feeling, also can hardly move right arm and right leg. MRI did not show anything and I am still left with these symptoms - not sure what to do next.

    posted @ Thursday, November 03, 2011 3:53 AM by Narelle Le Mans

    Five hrs after head MRI and I'm still feeling weird. At differing points during the scan I felt I was turning on a turntable, tipped head down at 45 degrees then the reverse feet first. I was warned it could cause vertigo effects. Has anyone experienced this too.

    posted @ Thursday, November 10, 2011 6:27 PM by Sue

    Can a MRI brain scan detect epilepsy and such seizures? 
    As well, can they detect your thoughts and what not?

    posted @ Monday, November 28, 2011 12:49 AM by Scarlett

    Hello i just want to ask the condition of my father right now, he was snoring very loud last night and became unconscious of about 30 minutes as in like a "dead" until reach in the hospital and inject him some "relax" injectables and he became awake and keep on punching and punching and evrything and became speechless and forget who we are, never answering us back when question...what is this situation? pls help me, i do not know what to do with my father... pls thanks..

    posted @ Tuesday, December 06, 2011 12:06 AM by grace

    I've been getting headaches lately and I was wondering what it could mean. You see my headaches are really bad, it makes me weak,only my right side of head hurts and it makes my right eye look smaller and red than the left eye. I started having this headache when I was in 7th gr. and ever since then it's been coming back and I think each yr. it hurts more than the last. In the previous years, I used to get it once a year, but it lasts for maybe a wk. or so. This yr. though I had it first in my sophomore 1st quarter and now it's back. I did go to the Dr. I went under the MRI scanner and the result was that, I had an infection. They gave me pills and I did not finish them b/c I hated them! So now, I'm wondering what my headaches are called? Is it just headaches or is it something more? Is this common? Is there a long term effect?(Acute or Chronic) 
    I'd appreciate your help. I would go to the Dr. but my medical insurance got cut off and I'm not wealthy enough to afford to seek any medical help.  
    Thank you!

    posted @ Friday, December 09, 2011 12:04 PM by Praise

    My son is 7 years old he has severe autism adhd and a sleep disorder over the past year he has really regresedhe doesnt speak anymore has to wear nappies wont feed himself andso on. His pediatrition sent him for a MRI and a EEG the EEG came back with some abbnormalites but because he was awake and moved they said this would have to be done again I spoke briefly to the neoroligist today about his results from his MRI she said it showed there wasnt much fat in his brain and he will need further test i tried asking questions but she said she would not want to discuss it over the phone so she has sent a letter to his pedatrition.What does this mean and will there be anyway of increasing the fat as im sure we need about 70% alsowere waiting on some blood results for his white cell count. Pleasecould you replie as i know imgoing to be waiting weeks just to see the pedatrition many thanks Lisa

    posted @ Friday, December 30, 2011 3:50 PM by Lisa

    I am 73 yrs old - had MRI Brain scan because of double vision. Terrible experience - noise in my ears was unbearable - what is the reason for the noise? 
    Thanks Joan

    posted @ Thursday, January 12, 2012 4:01 AM by JOAN

    The noise is caused by what is called gradients 
    The gradient magnetic field is the main source of acoustic noise associated with an MR procedure. This noise occurs during the rapid alterations of currents within the gradient coils. These gradient help to choose the direction the scans/ slices / images are being aquired and how thin a slice will be

    posted @ Friday, January 13, 2012 6:46 PM by Brenda

    6 months ago my mum has a brain hem, she seems ok in herself now and the doctors can't believe her progress. they are still doing checks on her and she recently just had dye injected through vein in arm for a brain scan, the brain scan showed 3 grey area's, my mum has told me that they dont know what it is so she has to go back to have dye etc injected through groin area to check brain more throughly.. i am totally worried and feel constantly sick because i am worried this is going to be brain tumours or something as my nan died of cancer in the brain..

    posted @ Wednesday, January 18, 2012 5:32 AM by nichole

    i had a mri of brain with contrast jan 17 i have headaches some sometimes with vomiting headaches are coming a lot more lately i have reading glasses i wear at work only could this be one of the causes  

    posted @ Wednesday, January 18, 2012 8:12 AM by john pack

    We are doing a contrast MRI for my teen daughter to rule out any physiological causes for what appears to be the development of schizophrenia. I would like to have a baseline scan of her brain to keep track of the progression of the illness if it is schizophrenia. Anyone have any experience with regards to markers of schizophrenia seen in brain scans of adolescents? She also has a history of epilepsy.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 24, 2012 1:52 PM by LK

    my 7 yr old had an mri scan a few days ago which showed up something at the thalumus area of the brain. We were told it was either an infarct or a low grade tumor. we then went to a neurosurgeon who put our fears to rest saying it was nothing serious but we would review it in 6 mts just to keep an eye on it

    posted @ Thursday, January 26, 2012 3:41 AM by lorraine

    My MRI occurred on 2 Dec 2011. The MRI was done to verify the quality of the three sinus related operation I had in 2011. In terms of the experience, the chief irritants were the claustrophobic closeness, the motion of the table you are examined on, and the excessive loudness. It's by no means cheap either. The harsh reality is that there are few better ways to get a firm fix on the quality of the surgical work done on you and whether any additional measures are necessary. My advice: grin & bear it. Don't give the technician a hard time.

    posted @ Thursday, January 26, 2012 7:59 PM by George_L

    Hi my name is Candy and I am a 36 yr old female who suddenly started having severe exotropia, hypertropia, nystagmus and glaucoma recently. I have had strabismus since age 28. I had one surgery to correct the crossing 7 years ago. The crossing began again about a year ago. When I went to a different eye doc they found the other issues. I have been to 2 specialists with the last one testing for several things to rule out. I have a MRI of my brain and orbits scheduled for March 22nd. The only symptoms I have are the really bad exotropia, glaucoma and frequent headaches. Any ideas what this could be? Already ruled out Lymes Disease, Syphilis, Thyroid and Lupus. Still awaiting blood test results for Mysasthenia Gravis. Never had an MRI before either so I'm a bit scared....

    posted @ Sunday, February 12, 2012 10:27 AM by Candy S

    my doc is having me get a brain mri today because of these horriable migraine headaches i get my right side along with vomiting, lightsensitvity, and neckpain. what eaxactly could a mri show?

    posted @ Monday, February 13, 2012 11:55 AM by sarica

    I had an MRI of my brain done in 2005 due to vision problems,left side weakness,headachs.The Mri showed I had blocked arteris in my brain. My doctor was very concerned and sent me to neurologist he told me he thought i was Having TIA's.He in turn sent me to a stoke specialist that I had complex migrains and a rare type of migrain that copied stroke symptoms. I had another MRI of the brain in 2008 by a diffirent Dr. and radiology dept. It shows nothing. Why would one show blocked artieries and the other one not show it? I believe I may have MS as I have alot of the symptoms but my last MRI showed nothing, I also have narrowing of my spinal canal due to cervical disk problems.

    posted @ Thursday, February 23, 2012 11:29 AM by Tonya

    I recently had a Brain MRI. It showed changes in the white matter. They said it showed stroke like areas. What does that mean. They said I have not had a stroke but show stroke like areas! I do have light migraines and do take medicine for high blood pressure but both are under control. Should I be concerned?

    posted @ Friday, March 02, 2012 10:57 AM by Dayle

    My husband had a accident 2 years ago a week after that he started complaing about headaces he was admitted to hospital with "tumar on the brain" it also had something to do with the peturity gland that was hemorraging" 
    Eversince he has had 4 VP shunts,4 lumberpunch and still has "fluid" on the brain. Could this have been caused by the accident.

    posted @ Monday, March 05, 2012 7:49 AM by Dina Ceronio

    2 part question please?? 
    I have recurrent meningitis (confirmed 10yrs now). Recently had MRI. Specialist put me on Diamox to decrease pressure in protective membranes around brain and spinal cord. Would the MRI have shown this or any inflammation around brain and still be considered normal due to my diagnosis. It has been 4 months since last 2 week hospital stay. my headache and pressure have decreased only some since the new meds, but daily headache and other symptoms are lingering terribly minus fever and vomiting. Extremely fatigued, mental changes, still very stiff neck, bowel changes, painful/tender joints, more so than my normal fibromyalgia, quick mood changes, severe photo-phobia, and noise sensitivity, muscles twitch, i have body tremors at times, & memory loss. How long can these symptoms linger? Do you suggest anything or have any advice? Thank You for your time, Serena

    posted @ Tuesday, March 06, 2012 5:46 AM by Serena

    I just recently was released from the hospital for stomach issues. After being released from the hospital I have had bouts of memory loss. I have had to my knowledge no trauma to my brain. I am a 36 yr old female with no health issues. I had been told some alarming news about my stepdaughters mother that sent me over the edge. Could this be just a shock to my system or could this be something very serious?? I had a MRI & should get the results soon.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4:10 PM by Rae

    My grandmother recently has an MRI of the brain without contrast and her PCP was not able to explain the results to us. Was wondering if someone could.Here are the results: 

    posted @ Tuesday, May 08, 2012 3:01 PM by Angela Barragan

    I've been suffering from dizziness/lightheadedness for months. Then recently I've added daily headaches. My neurologist is recommending a brain MRI to rule out any issues. I have had a run with skin cancer, does this mean that I would be required to have the contrast during the procedure? Would it be more beneficial given my history? 
    Thanks so much!!

    posted @ Thursday, May 10, 2012 9:07 PM by Megan

    I had an MRI done of my brain for MS lesions, however, I am having strange sensations of something in my throat and upper right retromolar pad/trigone. With small dull ear aches here and there. I have been checked by ENT, oral surgeon and dentist. Nothing is showing. So my question is - would something have shown up on my brain MRI for parts of my mouth and jaw?

    posted @ Monday, May 28, 2012 9:30 AM by Bev

    I am 56 years old. I have had problems with memory. I had a neurolopsychological assessment. The testing showed mild deficits in delayed memory and executive functioning. the doctor commented there was a strong frontal component to my current presentation. 
    I was told my results could be indicative of mini-strokes, vascular dementia or early onset dementia. It could also be caused by some medical issues (depression/anxiety, stress or medications. 
    He recommended imaging studies. I had a brain MRI with contrast done today. Will this type of imaging be able to more definitively determine if I have suffered strokes or if I am developing dementia?

    posted @ Monday, June 18, 2012 7:29 PM by Tom

    I have been having Numbness, tingling, and nerve pains as well as aches and joint stiffness which began in my arms hads fingers and shoulders about a week after having hep b vaccine and tetanus vaccine. It has since moved into my legs and I've noticed my muscles get a burn from doing very litte like walkin a flight of stairs or moving laundry from washer to dryer. I have also been having neck pain and headaches that go behind my eyes . These sensations are all new since the vaccines.  
    I have also been working in the yard and going into the woods almost every weekend before and durrong the time the symptoms began and have pulled 3 ticks off of myself but that was only after the symptoms began. I didnt really check for tick prior. I do lice in a high lyme risc state. Also my reflexes are considered brisk. I have had two Lyme test which were negative as well as a number of blood tests showing no abnormalities .  
    I have an MRI scheduled next week for the brain no contrast. Will and can lyme disease show up on an MRI scan or would MS, CIDP show up? Would contrast show these things better than without. Thank you for you time and input.

    posted @ Saturday, June 23, 2012 6:57 AM by Jewels

    I had a MRI of the brain w/o contrast it show as said,.,several non specific foci of abnormal T2 signal in the deep white matter. What could this mean possibly?

    posted @ Tuesday, June 26, 2012 4:23 PM by Linda

    Hi, i am 22 and have been suffering with a constant headache for over a year now, along with dizziness, tingling/numbness in limbs, and a high resting heart rate. The headache can get really bad and can make me feel nauseas, especially in the last 2 days. The dizziness comes and goes (usually lasts around a min) but occurs at least 5 times a day. My vision and hearing also is distorted when I have an attack of dizziness. I was originally referred to a cardiologist but everything has come back ok apart from my high resting heart rate. I have now been referred to a neurologist and I have a Brain and upper spine MRI on thursday. I have no idea what they are looking for on the MRI, what would you assume they would be searching for? Thanks, Jenny x

    posted @ Tuesday, July 03, 2012 1:22 PM by Jenny

    hi,i am 23 age and have been seviere head pain for left side.what can i do.i am a middle age family girl.what's the cost of mri scan in tamil nadu.please tell any one..

    posted @ Saturday, July 07, 2012 11:26 AM by deepa

    At times, I feel some sort of heaviness and it's actually a slight headache not very painful but that "heaviness" persists through out the day. I don't want to do any work but sleep. 
    I had a simple fall from a stool and there was a slight cut on my head. Though it was simple I rushed onto a hospital and got it treated.It was a minor one.It is 4+yrs old incident.Apart from this nothing major has happened.  
    What could be the possible reason? Is MRI scan required?

    posted @ Monday, July 23, 2012 11:38 PM by Anoop

    I had an MRI of the brain two days ago, I have been having intensive heat on my face, with dizzy feeling and bad headache. I have stiff neck with pain radiating from my right arm down to my leg with a tingling feeling. I blurr out in my computer sometimes and cannot realy understand it. My doctor booked me for head MRI and I do not know what they are searching for. Does anyone understand my condition let me know

    posted @ Monday, July 30, 2012 8:10 AM by Abi

    the first mri i had done was in emergency room and i was incoherent, second one was done a few days later and was kinda scary in the tube but by the time i had the third one 10 days later i was used to the experience. is nothing to be afraid of relax and stay calm close your eyes and breathe

    posted @ Tuesday, August 07, 2012 3:58 PM by Charles Knippa

    I recently had a bout with inner ear infection topped with Bells Palsy. The ear infection has cleared and my facial features are returning to normal, except a loss of hearing on that side. I went to an ENT Doc and he wants me to get an MRI. Why?

    posted @ Wednesday, August 08, 2012 4:39 PM by Rick

    3 weeks ago, lasting for approx. 10 days I had a definite numbness in my left hand, left foot and then after a couple days, my left ear, as well. During this period, I had several days of intense double vision.  
    It took until today to get-in to see my doctor who has ordered me to go get an MRI with contrast of the brain. 
    I do not take to needles very well. Last October, I passed out after my blood work, for a routine physical. 
    I have earplugs I can take with me, but exactly does the 'contrast' part entail, involving a needle? 
    Aside from these newly developed symptoms, I am a healthy, 39 yr old, Caucasian, female. 

    posted @ Thursday, August 09, 2012 2:32 AM by Schandle

    hi,i am 54 and experienced symptoms of arm,''going 2 sleep'' i visited my gp 9 days later and he suggested i visit the hospital,because i may have had a stroke(tia)i have since been prescribed statins for high colesterol and blood thinning tablet,i am now awaiting a appointment for a mri scan,as anyone else experienced this and did the scan detect a bleed on the brain after 5 weeks or so?worried..

    posted @ Friday, August 17, 2012 12:26 PM by jackie

    Can a doctor diagnose a tumor on the brain as malignant just from an MRI?

    posted @ Wednesday, September 12, 2012 6:10 PM by Larry

    I had my first brain MRI 3nights ago because of many strange symptoms. My primary (after many rounds of blood work, xrays, and ultrasounds) sent me for a brain MRI. He said it would be without Contrast but they ended up doing it with (which I was actually happy about, so nothing would be missed!). Although I was not claustrophobic, the MRI did intensify my headaches and nausea. The tech had a hard time "getting the dye to go in" which caused some discomfort as well. My body reacted to the dye by twitching for the remainder of the MRI (anyone else?). I called my doc yesterday to see if the radiologist had reviewed it yet and he called me back saying there was an "abnormal area".... Pretty much "inconclusive". He also said "Normally, if we were looking for a tumor, we would look for 'X,Y, and Z', but you dont have anything that associates necessarily with anything...." AKA, I'm not "textbook" so they dont know what it is yet... Sending me to a neurologist. Didnt seem to urgent, so I'm sure it's nothing too alarming, but it was nice that he called me even though I had an appointment scheduled for the following monday. Having a good doc, who keepa up with hos patients is very important as the last doc I went to lost test results, never called back, etc... So hopefully this new doc has helped find the possible cause of my strange symptoms!

    posted @ Thursday, September 13, 2012 1:14 PM by Jax

    I just recently had an MRI done; can the MRI detect any sort of brain damage? I was having chronic migraines, so my doctor ordered a MRI without contrast; obviously he didn't think it was a major thing if he did it without contrast. It came back normal. However, I find it hard to think and to speak. I can think of what I want to say and have it perfect in my head, but it comes out like I'm a brain dead or something; what could that be?

    posted @ Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:55 AM by Reed

    I am the pateient of epilepsy. But from the last five yrs no sign of epileptic. one thing which i face is that sometimes i cannot finished my words or confused and sometimes i got very powerful jerk which falls me from my position for a second. I don't know what is this plz give the suggestions.

    posted @ Monday, October 29, 2012 11:39 AM by Anil

    My real close friend has to have an brain MRI with no contrast. But she has used meth in the past and her parents don't know, would this drug show up in her brain MRI? 

    posted @ Wednesday, November 07, 2012 10:46 AM by Zachary

    I just had a brain MRI done and was apprehensive, but it turned out to not be too bad. I wasn't going to open my eyes, but I did and I am glad. I is close but not enough to feel closed in. In fact I fell asleep. Don't be apprehensive it will be ok. It is loud even with the ear plugs.

    posted @ Thursday, November 08, 2012 1:37 PM by Noreen Lee

    My husband had an accident at work - fell straight back on the back of his head on the cement floor - back in March 2012. He still has headaches and neck paid every day. His neurologist wants to order a Brain MRI but we are now fighting workers comp to get it done. What will they be looking for? Is this normal?

    posted @ Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:55 PM by Kelly

    My grandaughter was born 4 weeks ago following a forceps delivery with shoulder dystocia. She started fitting about 6 hous after birth and spent 12 days on NICU. her fitting subsided after 3 days but after an MRI scan we were told she had severe brain damage. She came home from hospital after 12 days, is breast feeding well and gaining weight. She passed her hearing test, seems to visualise correctly and can move all her limbs and seems physically strong. She has to have a CT MRI next week to check her blood vessels in the brain I think is what they said. What will this tell them and could they be wrong about the brain damage as she seems 'normal'?

    posted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 8:37 AM by LIZ


    posted @ Thursday, January 03, 2013 10:28 PM by C.Thompson

    I have had an MRI today following a ct scan highlighting 
    I have avm what can I expect an MRI to show

    posted @ Saturday, January 05, 2013 4:40 PM by Colette

    I am scheduled for MRI of brain. I told them about butterfly (metal) in my neck after cervical diskectomy. They didn't say anything, how will magnets on mri affect this.

    posted @ Friday, January 11, 2013 2:08 AM by Connie

    Is there a website where one can upload his/her MRI images and gets a brief evaluation?

    posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 1:23 PM by Mazarin

    I'm having anMRI and MRA tomorrow , and an terribly claustrophobic. Can I take a sleeping pill beforehand? Please let me know asap

    posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 7:28 PM by Cissie

    I just had a brain mri completed due to another condition i was having with my sleep apnea. The Dr wanted to see if it was cuasing the central readings. Soon as she saw the results of the MRI, she immediately put a consult in for the NEURO to review the MRI report.  
    SEVERAL PUNCTATE in subortical white matter secondary to microvasculr ischem and or post imflamatory. 
    So please let me know this all means. I am 44 in the army and almost medically retired. This is all new so have to fight to add this to the case.  
    I have good blood pressure and no diabetese, so what else could be causing. 

    posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 2:24 AM by SCOTT

    My son is 16 years old , he was admitted with a serious headache and sore neck but no stiffness.CT can was done which was clear except for "an impression of a slightly hyperdense appearance of the posterior falx and the tentorium, this appearance can sometimes indicate subarachnoid haemorrhage. the doctor has requested an MRI which we are still waiting to be authorised by the medical plan. He is still in hospital but is feeling much better . will the MRI indicate if there is anything major?

    posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:56 PM by Anita

    The conclusion of my MRI report indicates "nonspecific subtle ghosts within the left frontal lobe anteriorly, probably due to previous trauma." My neuro thinks this might be a scar and a contrast MRI is planned. What else could it be?

    posted @ Tuesday, February 05, 2013 12:24 PM by stack

    I have been constant lightheaded and dizzy, always while standing or sitting. Bloodwork, ENT, cat scan and MRI with contrast, halter monitor, all okay!?  
    I get shaky with the dizziness, nauseas, and my body goes numb n tingly.  
    Anyone ever had these symptoms? Going to upper GI doc, they want check for celiac disease

    posted @ Friday, February 08, 2013 8:19 AM by Petra

    Hi all, I am a 60 year old, heavy set woman who has been experiencing dizziness for quite some time. I had an brain MRI done today in hopes this will tell my Dr.'s what the problem is. Kaiser is my provider and I had to ask for a referal for an open MRI. I got one. It is not so confined but you do have the machine close to your face while this test is going on.  
    I did well but I also have A-fib (a heart problem) and I was afraid it would affect it but it did not. 
    The test went well though I was a bit jittery by the end of it. It took 40 minutes and after 30 minutes they injected the dye in to me. Did not have a problem.  
    I don't like confined spaces and even though this is an open area it can feel closed. I practiced breathing and thought of something else. They did have music on which did help me. 
    Hoping they will find the cause of this dizziness.

    posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:40 AM by Linda, Huntington Beach, CA

    Saw an OTO specialist, they strongly believe I have BPPV but will run a VNG test to rule out a vestibular disease. Been having this since 10 weeks now, 24/7 dizzy and lightheaded. Can't get anything done :-(

    posted @ Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:24 AM by Petra

    I recently was sent for MRI Brain with & without contrast, this is due to repeated synscopes. I've had many of these in recent years but not with this front facial damage. I've not had any x-rays or an MRI. I feel it's related to my chronic low amemia & low blood pressure of 25 ys. In the last year I've become vegan but feel I get adequate nutrients of protein. I take Hema-Ples for iron. Could this be LGS at all causing these synscopes ? 

    posted @ Friday, February 22, 2013 10:46 AM by Ellen

    Can a brain MRI show whether a person received Electro Convulsive Therapy in the distant past?  
    I have the images of my brain MRI from 2010 and want to deterimine whether I had received ECT in the past when I was severely depressed with delusions and was non-responsive to medications. I have the recovered memories of receiving the ECT from 1980 - 1981 but have no way to confirm.  
    Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

    posted @ Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:56 PM by Dan

    Is there any scanning technique telling past brain injuries, depressions or mini strokes?

    posted @ Saturday, March 09, 2013 8:25 PM by Jack

    I had an MRI several years ago and they found some cyst in there but I forgot to have them remove it through surgery! I e-mailed my doctor today and told him I wanted another MRI, to see what became of that cyst. I did research on that. It told me that cyst can cause pressure inside of my head, and yes, I have been having that pressure.

    posted @ Saturday, March 16, 2013 12:50 AM by JacquelineDeane

    I had mri brain and the impression was Small punctate T2 FLAIR hyperintensities seen in the bilateral fronto parietal deep white matter- s/o MILD CHRONIC SMALL VESSEL ISCHEMIC CHANGES

    posted @ Monday, April 01, 2013 10:04 PM by satish mishra

    After MRI test of my father however i do not now due reason my father is missing after the test on 16/4/2013 at 12.40 i do not know the reason i think due to mri test he had lost his memory power or not he is lost from that day we are searching for him

    posted @ Friday, May 03, 2013 6:19 AM by shantala

    Would a brain mri pick up a benign tumor for cushings disease? Thank you.

    posted @ Thursday, May 09, 2013 3:01 PM by Tracy

    I have spent a good while reading a few years worth of posts here. My first thought is how sad it is that people do not ask their doctors these questions. That is what they are there for. YOU are paying THEM for their services. If you do not understand the testing process, please ask your doctor. If you do not understand what they are looking for, please ask your doctor. If you are scheduled for contrast, PLEASE tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney disease. Contrast can shut your kidneys DOWN depending on your kidney function and stage of your disease. If you are claustrophobic, it is perfectly acceptable to ask for general anesthesia for an MRI. Most doctors prescribe a sedative such as Versed as a matter of course when ordering an MRI. After a full-blown panic attack during which the tech was in another room listening to loud music, it is the only way I can have an MRI now. I have had about five or six MRIs, from brain to lumbar spine. The "open" MRI frequently does not show enough detail to satisfy a neurologist. Further, you have the right to a copy of the radiologist's report when it is complete, as well as a copy of the MRI itself. They are YOUR medical records. You might have to pay for the copy, but it is YOUR information. The caveat here is that without a professional to interpret the results given by the radiologist, it is possible to scare yourself to death with imagining what the report actually means. A doctor would have to answer this, but I am certain that the use of illegal drugs cannot be detected through an MRI, nor can an MRI read one's thoughts or memories. The exception would be, I believe, if the drug use/abuse has caused actual, physical brain damage, and even then I don't believe it is possible to pinpoint a cause. Think of an MRI as a really sophisticated x-ray that first, does not use radiation, and second, gives what is essentially a three-dimensional image through the ability to take pictures of "slices." In addition, an MRI sees soft tissue to a much greater degree than a typical x-ray, which is far more useful, I believe, for pictures of skeletal abnormalities. In some cases, there is a reason to do both. I have learned these things as a result of several MRI experiences, and because I am not afraid to ask my doctor questions, or to do my own research. PLEASE ask your doctor EVERYTHING you want to know; it is his J-O-B to care for you, not just to order tests, but to explain them, both the procedure AND the result.

    posted @ Tuesday, June 18, 2013 1:37 AM by JJ

    please let me know if a MRI Scanner can detect chemical changes in the brain, such as the satisfaction after listening to music or the smell of a flower? 
    The scanner is a wonderful technology that save the lives of many sick people.

    posted @ Wednesday, July 03, 2013 2:25 PM by Edwin

    No, I am certain it cannot. That said, there is some experimental work going on with observing electrical changes live when being stimulated by visual or auditory stimuli. I'm interested in knowing why you asked such a fascinating question, if you don't mind sharing.

    posted @ Friday, July 05, 2013 11:43 PM by JJ

    My grandma fell about a month ago and hit her head pretty hard. She sufferd from and brain concusion but in the Ct scan found no bleeding. They did find an 8mm (mass) and what the doctors could be a possibly meningioma tumor or just scar tissure from an old incident. She then also had a n MRI a week ago and they still cant determine what it is either. She is having symptoms such as a bloody nose(just once),dizziness,headaches and rining in the ear. It has been almost a month since she fell...and still haven't gotten anywhere with the CT or MRI scan ?!?

    posted @ Monday, July 15, 2013 1:08 AM by Meghan

    what is a lytic lesion or calvarial lesion?

    posted @ Friday, July 19, 2013 9:03 AM by Lisa Pinette

    My doctor made me an appointment to see the neurologist when i told him how i felt and the medication he put me on wasn't working. I get extremely bad head aches i cant stand up when the pain hits i get dizzy sick cant walk straight numb hands and lots of other things. I went to see the neurologist as my doctor had referred me i was looking for reassurance that everything was okay but i got no reassurance at all. Nothing was explained and im still very worried. I have an MRI booked for this Tuesday the 23rd I don't know what they are looking for and i have no idea what to expect. Im a 20year old female and i have a healthy lifestyle i know that means nothing as there a lot of health problems in my family. The neurologist was doing walking a reaction tests with me (i know they do this with people who have strokes as my dad had one in October and i was they for everything so i could explain it to my dad in simpler form) all i want really is to know going off my symptoms should i be worried? Obviously its natural to worry but im scared it could be something serious. I know you don't know my medical background and cant see me but i was just hoping you could tell me something 
    Thank you for your time 
    Louise x

    posted @ Friday, July 19, 2013 4:27 PM by Louise

    does MRI data gives any numerical values related to the tumor, depending on which we can decide whether its cancer or not. 

    posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:14 AM by haribabu

    last 6 months suffering from headaches, the last 2 months frequency and severity changed. movement made headache worse.pcp treated me for migraines, nothing helped.daily headaches. went neurologist 2 weeks ago he just ordered mri/mra without contrast. mri revealed enlarged ventricles in brain. Wednesday im scheduled for lumbar puncture. do you think mri could have missed small tumor since it was done without contrast

    posted @ Saturday, August 17, 2013 4:23 PM by swhite

    hello almost 2 yrs ago i had a right sided Carotid body tumors in my neck that was taken out and right side mid pon lesion in brain the watch and every since i had the tumors my body is falling apart i been to ms clinic i DON'T have ms...i still have headaches still my eyes blink all the time my neck still goes to the side ... i had half my intestine removed in april 2013 and in june i had to get a hysterectomy witch at that time i found out i had Interstitial Cystitis... now c spine 6 and 7 to touch my spinal cord and still NO ONE can tell me why i had these tumors....i just want answers can someone help me

    posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 4:11 PM by angel

    hi! even after a road accident, my m.r.i. of brain shows: Brain parenchyma reveals small patchy areas of non-haemorrhagic contusions in the right medial temporal and frontal lobes. now, i want to know that what kinds of report is shown by my m.r.i.? is there any abnormalities with me? please reply me surely. thanks.

    posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:48 PM by rakesh kumar

    I am a stage IV nsclc adenoid of 24 months have been stable for 17 months on alimta maint,Have had vertize, imbalance and nystagmus and heavy eyes for over 7 months. been to 2 ents one neuro ent and done eply and steroid ear injections made worse. Epley help onky dizzy and for short time does not help eyes. 
    Have done 3 mris brains recent 3/20/14 all normal. My question is now is it my eyes I understand nystagmus is eyes but does an MRI brain show eyes? and is there an eye particular nystagmus I have a great opthomologist that I will see soon.did not begin until maint alimta #18 and have had 29 to date. I really don't think 
    alimta is the issue. Please advise your thoughts

    posted @ Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:26 PM by donna schelack

    First, I have to be honest and say that I had to look up almost all of what you said. I am NOT a doctor and have never even played one on TV. Also, just based on personal experience, you’d be better off on an international site like this to use as few acronyms as possible. You should take advantage of which might help you. From what I read, acquired nystagmus is almost always caused by a reaction to a drug. Dilantin is the only one they mention by name. The article indicates that you are unlikely to notice the nystagmus yourself, but that others looking at you will be able to see it. Based on what I read, it is unlikely Alimta is causing the nystagmus. And yes, btw, a neuro MRI can show the eyes depending on what the focus was, but I don't see how it could show nystagmus unless the radiologist was specifically looking for that. The vertigo and imbalance are two prongs of the same fork. The Epley Maneuver is sort of like a re-start on your computer but on your inner ear instead. It was never intended to address the nystagmus. According to everything I've read, the labyrinth symptoms and ocular symptoms are unrelated; they just happened to come at the same time. “Any disease of the brain (such as multiple sclerosis or brain tumors) can cause nystagmus if the areas controlling eye movements are damaged.” As far as your ear problems are concerned, there are so many potential causes for vertigo (by which I think you mean when you say “vertize”) and imbalance there’s no way to hazard a guess without an exam. You need to see the doctor who is treating you for cancer right away.

    posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 1:47 AM by JJ

    What is the difference between a normal MRI and one done with dye? does the dye have harmful side effects?

    posted @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 2:21 PM by anne

    Does an Cranial MRI show if you smoke at all

    posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 9:34 AM by michael

    I had an MRI in 2012 for 'balance problems' leading to falling. My experience was uneventful as the technician gave me ear plugs (yes, the machine is noisy) and head phones. He asked what kind of music I liked and I suggested Michael Buble or a contemporary artist. Co-incidentally he chose 'I Want to go Home'. That struck me as funny because I too wanted to go home. This machine had light and fresh air coming in all the time. Yes, I heard the mechanical noises of the machine, but they were muted due to the music playing. I also had a button to push in case I became claustrophobic so it wasn't a bad test at all. The results were normal - no further clues as to my dizziness. I hope no one has a bad experience any more as the machines have evolved so much.

    posted @ Monday, July 28, 2014 6:41 PM by Isabel

    My 41yt old partner had a CT scan to check for broken bones and concussion following a motorbike accident where he crashed head first at 70kms per hour. "The scans have all come up clear, but there is evidence that you've had a stroke and bleeding on the brain in the past." The only details they could provide is that it happened more than a month ago.  
    Our GP was able to advise the location of the stroke (right frontal lobe), but until that scan, we had no idea he'd had a stroke. He has had 2 heart attacks in recent years and multiple head injuries and concussions as he is a trained fighter and an adrenalin junkie, but what I'd like to know is will the MRI be able to tell us when the stroke and bleeding occurred, what caused it and the likelihood of another occurring and within how long? I'm concerned he does not have much longer to live an I'm hoping for some kind of definitive prognosis from this MRI.  
    Am I Expecting Too Much From This MRI?

    posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 7:56 AM by Keli

    Had one a few weeks ago after an abnormal CT scan. I was able to listen to my favorite rock band and actually fell asleep. It was done with contrast & took about 45 minutes. Will re comment after results.

    posted @ Saturday, September 06, 2014 10:04 PM by ChristineR

    Again I offer the reminder that I am not a doctor, nor have I ever played on on TV. To answer two of your questions, Keli, I do not believe the MRI can pinpoint the time of the stroke any more closely than has already been done. From the size of the damaged area and the location, the doctor might be able to give you an educated guess as to what symptoms you might have seen at the time that were atypical. As to your second question: if the stroke was caused by some abnormality in your friend's brain "structure" the neurologist should be able to determine that and whether a similar event is likely to recur. It is my personal opinion that the stroke was more likely caused by your friend's lifestyle, which brings us to your final question.  
    Put the shoe on the other foot for a moment and imagine someone else asking you: my husband is only 41 years old. He's had 2 prior heart attacks and a stroke. He has had innumerable head injuries, concussions and brain bleeds from being a professional fighter and laying his motorcycle down in the highway. He drinks and smokes and he does not take any medication to control his hypertension, nothing to control the fluid around his lungs (are they calling that "congestive heart failure" yet?) "My husband" is not under the care of a cardiologist and is certainly not following a heart-healthy diet and exercise plan. If all or even most of these things apply to your friend, then yes, he is likely to have another stroke, sooner rather than later. Or another heart attack. Or his kidneys are going to fail due to untreated hypertension. Or his liver will stop functioning. Or next time he crashes that bike will be the last time.  
    If you're looking for a date and time, no one can tell you that no matter how many tests you run, but with all those negative lifestyle factors, even though I'm not a doctor, I can tell you the clock is ticking, louder and louder. Unless you can get your friend to make some major changes in the way that he lives, the way he eats, the way he takes care of his health issues, the way that he respects his body, I'm guessing you're going to be looking for a new friend in the next couple of years.

    posted @ Sunday, September 07, 2014 7:26 AM by JJ

    I had a CT and MRI done and both came back normal. It all started with the stuttering. My pressure was 165/110 so I thought I was having a stroke. Then I noticed my thinking process was delayed, but the killer was and still is the constant repeating of songs in my head. I am stressed and having these anxiety attacks. The neurologist told me once my pressure stabilizes I should be ok, I wanna know what's really causing this to happen to me and will it really stop.

    posted @ Wednesday, September 17, 2014 8:03 AM by Monique TINSON

    I had a MRI scan yesterday because i am getting unconscious for 4-5 seconds sometimes when i meet a doctor. This happening to me from 20 years but not frequently. i want to know what will MRI show for this type of problem? 

    posted @ Sunday, October 05, 2014 11:57 PM by Vishal Kulkarni

    Can a MRI show evidence of minor brain bleeds from about 10 years ago. Both my grandchildren were in a serious MVA and my granddaughter had a traumatic brain injury. Her younger brother had a CT scan which showed nothing. He has many learning problems and shows some symptoms similar to his sister. These symptoms are diagnosed in his sister as a result of her TBI, Both children were in child seats in a vehicle which barrel rolled 3 times.

    posted @ Saturday, February 07, 2015 9:31 AM by Theresa

    My son is 10 years old is suffering from epilepsy from 2013 we had done CT scan and EEG test it is normal. But i wanna know still he's undergoing the same problem. I have consulted a doctor he's has advised me to take n MRI without contrast of the brain,is there any problem if i take a MRI from him. Can you please guide me in this.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 11, 2015 4:59 AM by Aruna Murali

    I had an mri to show sinus disease. I have chronic pain caused from muscle spasms in my head and neck that affect my sinuses. I do not have sinus symptoms. It takes physical therapy to get my muscles positioned correctly. Would this cause this reading?

    posted @ Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:10 PM by rhonda leatherwood

    Can you tell old damage of the brain from new damage on a MRI???

    posted @ Saturday, April 04, 2015 9:54 AM by Bobbie Bares

    I have been experiencing short term memory loss and was ordered a MRI of my head. Would a vascular problem cause memory loss?

    posted @ Monday, April 13, 2015 10:06 PM by Jocelyn

    I went to the ER with dizziness, lightheadedness, and high Bp and High Pulse 132. I also suffer from migraines so my head hurt too. They took an EKG and it showed since tachycardia so they ran tests to rule out blood clots, when I wanted my pulse lowered, took chest X-ray, CT of chest with and without contrast n did a CT of my head with no contrast. Now after being given a steroid and pain med I'm being asked to follow up with a cardiologist and neurosurgeon. I don't understand what just happened. He didn't really give me an explanation even when I asked as to why I should be following up with these specialist. I think I should talk to my doctor first I'm skeptical of filling the scripts that I was given.

    posted @ Tuesday, April 21, 2015 5:43 PM by Nancy A.

    6/5/2015. I had an MRI-Brain done this morning. Although I'm slightly claustrophobic I had NO IDEA how bad it would be. It's a painless procedure but for the love of God I wish I would've been sedated.

    posted @ Friday, June 05, 2015 3:40 PM by Shelly

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