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A 27-year-old member asked:

what is the treatment for small superpatellar joint effusion? do we need to have a mri?

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Dr. Neil Halin
Radiology 39 years experience
Probably nothing: Small joint effusions can be caused by many, many things, most require no testing or intervention. If the joint hurts, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as advil (ibuprofen) can be helpful as can ice massage. Mostly rest and time. Imaging is not usually required for a non-traumatic, small effusion.

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What will a ct/mri or ultrasound (us) show?

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What is a t1 hypointense marrow mean in relation to an MRI done on a 20 month old boy?

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How does CHF cause pleural effusion?

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is better, a MRI or a pet scan?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 39 years experience
Depends on the ?: It depends on what you're investigating. If you want to know the metabolic activity of an area of brain in a disease state or in response to certain medications, then pet is the study of choice. However, if you want to visualize small or large lesions, vascular abnormalities, destruction of myelin, trauma etc. Then MRI is a better choice. Pet is used primarily for physiologic studies & research.

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