A 35-year-old male asked:
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can the ilioinguinal nerve and genital branch of genitofemoral nerve be evaluated by mri for any problems?

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
29 years experience Neurology
Not really: The nerves are typically too small to see on mri. Still, we sometimes do an MRI of the pelvis to ensure there aren't any masses or other problems that could be affecting the nerves there.
Answered on Dec 27, 2015
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Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Here are some...: Why do you raise this Q? Any concern after a surgery should be evaluated with detailed history to specify the features of symptoms with clear sequence of events + properly physical exam so to define what you felt & concerned after surgery is related with surgery itself or just lingering effect of healing process. For possible injury to nerve, all imaging studies are useless. So, faithfully work...
Answered on Dec 31, 2015
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Dr. Paul Garrett
39 years experience Radiology
Dr K is absolutely right (again) from a clinical perspective. But, to answer the question literally, any nerve with a name can be seen on MRI provided you know exactly where to look and can control body motion. MRI has theoretical resolution to the atomic level. In fact we do measure some atoms in tissue. Realize though that much of really fancy radiology is counting angels on pins, though.
Dec 27, 2015

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