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can you advise for understanding mri results?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
MRI results: A discussion with your doctor about the results will be the most beneficial. If you have a specific question about something in the report, you can try posting it on HealthTap.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Where can I get an interpretation of MRI results?

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Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 24 years experience
Radiologist: Generally you want to review your MRI results with the doctor that ordered the exam. If you are unable to do this, call the center where your MRI was done or your local radiology dept.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can someone translate MRI results without my having to pay radiologist?

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Dr. Thomas Foster
Radiology 37 years experience
No: Radiologists are the only physicians specifically trained to interpret MRI scans. Other physicians may be able to make some sense out of MRI scans, but only radiologists have the knowledge and experience to do the best job. If a radiologist has interpreted your scan, a report was sent to the doctor who ordered it, and that doctor can explain the results to you.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Agree: many other specialists can pick out certain details pertinent to their specialty, but it takes a radiologist to interpret the entire study & correlate it with the history s/he is provided (sadly, detailed histories R rarely provided by ordering physicians)
Mar 27, 2013
A 36-year-old member asked:

Who should I consult with to interpret my MRI results?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Ordering doctor : The doctor who, ordered the MRI should go over the results with you.
Barstow, CA
A 52-year-old female asked:

How long does a doctor need to look at MRI results?

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
MRI: Varies, but a radiologist may only need a few minutes to thoroughly review a mri. Of course that does not factor in how long it will take for you to get the results back...
Barstow, CA
A 52-year-old female asked:

Are doctors receptionists supposed to tell you your MRI results over the phone?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on the...: It depends on the type of practice and the personal choice of the doctor. A patient should be happy to return to the office for a follow-up visit to get any type of test results. Some doctors or medical groups send out results by phone or online. Receptionists are non-medical staff, so if a patient gets a result from a receptionist, the patient should be sure not to ask a medical question.

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