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A 24-year-old male asked:

Can an mri show meningitis in the brain? what about sinusitis or any sinus inflammation ?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
A contrasted MRI: Would show inflammation of the brain lining ( meningitis ). It would also show the sinuses.
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Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
MRI scan: Yes, it can show meningitis but it is not the best imaging study for sinusitis as sinuses are bony cavities that is best studied with ct scan. Mri scan is good for soft tissue lesions in head and neck.
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Dr. Lew Disney
40 years experience
Yes: A MRI can show meningitis as enhancement on a contrast study of the brain. As well sinusitis and sinus disease will often show up.
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Dr. ANURAG WALIA
16 years experience
Yes : Mri may show findings in some cases that might be specific for diagnosis of meningitis. To evaluate the meninges on MRI brain, study needs to be done with contrast (gad). Overall MRI has low sensitivity when it comes to diagnosis of meningitis, in a suspected case, more definitive testing such as lumbar puncture should be done.
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Last updated Jan 19, 2018

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