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Could an MRI detect muscle weakness or muscle injury?

Could an MRI detect muscle weakness or muscle injury?

Muscle injury: Muscle injury can be detect by MRI in most cases. Weakness can be inferred by atrophy (less muscle mass than the opposite side) but cannot truly be measured by an MRI scan. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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I have some facial muscle weakness. Brain MRI about a year ago showed nothing. Was told it was anxiety. Could that be the only cause? I fear als.

I have some facial muscle weakness. Brain MRI about a year ago showed nothing.  Was told it was anxiety. Could that be the only cause?  I fear als.

Doubt ALS: Weak facial muscles are associated with a few hereditary muscle diseases (e.g., fsh), but can be due to problems with cranial nerves, such as facial or trigeminal, and problems outside cranial cavity may not be seen on standard brain mri. Very unlikely that you have als, but if you need more information, a facial nerve EMG might be of some value. ...Read more

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Can MRI do a full body scan on my spinal cord from neck to tail bone to find why my whole body is weak. All diease rule out. Muscle weakness wasting?

Can MRI do a full body scan on my spinal cord from neck to tail bone to find why my whole body is weak. All diease rule out. Muscle weakness wasting?

Assuming it: is clinically indicated, MRI can image the entire spinal cord. Technically the spinal cord does not extend to the tail bone, however, it ends at about the L1/L2 vertebral level. ...Read more

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Mri postelateral and lateral disc protrusion more to right i suffered a sudden muscle weakness on the right chest and lat. But not the arms curable?

Mri postelateral and lateral disc protrusion more to right  i suffered a sudden muscle weakness on the right chest and lat. But not the arms  curable?

Yes: What level of the spine has the disc protrusion? A ruptured thoracic disc is rare. Oral nsaids or steroids could help. Injections are a more aggressive approach. Surgery is the most drastic alternative. Rest, physical therapy, time also can be useful. Any of these can help your situation. ...Read more

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Unable to abduct upper left leg due to worsening muscle weakness. Lower back pain x6 yrs. Mri spine "not bad" mild disc herniation l4/l5/s1. Now what?

Unable to abduct upper left leg due to worsening muscle weakness. Lower back pain x6 yrs. Mri spine "not bad" mild disc herniation l4/l5/s1. Now what?

If muscle weakness: You should be evaluated by spine specialist. Either neurosurgery or orthopedic spine fellowship trained doctor who can relieve the pressure on the nerve by that disc. Assuming you have had conservative care, including physical therapy, possible injections by pain management, adjustment by chiropractor very briefly. ...Read more

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I was told I have ms, but I have a lot of pain , can that happen after several mris, and lab work i was told I have several markers for ms, ie: blurry vision, dizzy, increasing muscle weakness, mental confusion, MRI showed nerve white matter under attack,

I was told I have ms, but I have a lot of pain , can that happen after several mris, and lab work i was told I have several markers for ms, ie: blurry vision, dizzy, increasing muscle weakness, mental confusion, MRI showed nerve white matter under attack,

Pain and MS: People with MS can experience pain symptoms directly related to their disease, or from muscle spasm/tightness, or to orthopedic problems related to weakness. Pain is not normally a hallmark of MS, many people with MS have no pain. Perhaps it is time to have a face to face visit with the doctor and review your treatment options. ...Read more

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18yr old, muscle weakness in hands&legs, dizzy, tingle in feet&hands, vision change, leg stiff,feels weak. 6 months, 2 MRI's, blood test, clean. Help!

18yr old, muscle weakness in hands&legs, dizzy, tingle in feet&hands, vision change, leg stiff,feels weak. 6 months, 2 MRI's, blood test, clean. Help!

Tough case: This sounds important. Hopefully the MRI studies looked at the brain and the neck, that is very important here. Hopefully the folks who have looked at you are very deliberate, this sounds like a tough case and not one that should be quickly dismissed. ...Read more

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Have symptoms of MS (blurry vision, pain, fatigue, muscle weakness) but have normal evoked potentials. Brain MRI w/ white matter changes? Still be ms?

Have symptoms of MS (blurry vision, pain, fatigue, muscle weakness) but have normal evoked potentials. Brain MRI w/ white matter changes? Still be ms?

Recommend:: Your symptoms are nonspecific and could be due to many conditions. Mri lesions could be due to migraine or prior head injuries, and your doctor could describe whether the pattern is consistent with a specific cause. I no longer use evoked potentials to confirm ms, and rarely use for any reason. If things seem unclear, a lumbar puncture may be useful. Discuss all of this with neurologist. ...Read more

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Is there a muscle injury that might cause swelling in lower part of the leg but nothing shows abnormal on MRI? Does MRI always show edema w/ injury?

Is there a muscle injury that might cause swelling in lower part of the leg but nothing shows abnormal on MRI? Does MRI always show edema w/ injury?

MRI can tell: as long as the correct "sequences" were performed and the right area was imaged. For instance, a knee MR only includes a small area of the leg. Your pain could be below or above that. One type of sequence looks specifically for fluid in the muscle, and it is very sensitive for muscle strains. If you have your MRI on a CD, I can review it at HealthTap Concierge: healthtap.com/saurbornmd. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. Marcel Hungs
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Muscle Weakness (Definition)

Muscle weakness is a symptom in which a person has less strength in his muscles than previously. Muscle weakness can be in certain parts of the body, or a person can be weak all over. The weakness can come and go, or can be ...Read more