A 42-year-old member asked:
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what might a spot on the brain found on an mri be?

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Dr. Douglas Miller
41 years experience Pathology
Tumor or other : A "spot" on an MRI might be many things. A proper interpretation depends on medical history and the particular appearance of the abnormality. It might be a primary brain tumor; a metastatic tumor from somewhere else; a plaque of multiple sclerosis; a focus of infection such as an abscess; etc. Consult your doctor for information specific to your brain images.
Answered on Mar 13, 2015
Dr. Philip Chao
38 years experience Radiology
I would encourage yo: You to read the whole report. When a radiologist describes a spot they will also say what they think it means. If they say they are not sure then - ask your doctor if it needs to be followed up with a repeat scan in 6-12 months. A spot could be demyelination or could be a mass. Ask your doctor - thats what we are good for - questions.
Answered on May 7, 2013

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
33 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Headache: You should discuss it with your doctor. The "spot" on the MRI is a common incidental finding as we age, and unlikely to be related to your headache.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
33 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
There is: simply not enough information to venture a guess. It could be nothing. How is it described in the MRI report?
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
39 years experience Radiology
Unanswerable: Many possibilities depending on sequence used, contrast, location of "spot" etc. The MRI report should provide details.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grant Linnell
24 years experience Radiology
Unknown: Mri images are typically black, white and grey. If you had a functional MRI it is possible to see some colors on some of the images.

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