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Can white spots on MRI be caused by past trauma, such as falling and hitting head as a child? (Spinal tap normal)

Can white spots on MRI be caused by past trauma, such as falling and hitting head as a child? (Spinal tap normal)

Motion artifact ?: Any imaging test, especially an MRI, can have spots in them that are not a real abnormality, called motion artifact. Your radiologist should be able to tell if the spots are something real or not, because the dots can represent fluid collections as well. If some question exists about whether this is a real finding, you will need to repeat the study, sorry. Trauma can cause fluid collections... ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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I have about two dozen white spots on my MRI my face and other parts of my skin are numb. I get these tremors that go from the back of my head down m?

I have about two dozen white spots on my MRI  my face and other parts of my skin are numb. I get these tremors that go from the back of my head down m?

UBOs (not UFOs): Until a diagnosis is given, white MRI spots are called ubos (unidentified bright objects) for which many different causes are known. You obviously have a brain disease (tremor & numbness). But the symptom combination is not diagnostic. At young age (20s-30s) ms (multiple sclerosis) is probably the commonest cause. See a neurologist & expect further testing. ...Read more

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I have never had a head injury. What can white spots on my frontal lobe indicate on an mri? I was diagnosed with epilepsy but think this is wrong

I have never had a head injury. What can white spots on my frontal lobe indicate on an mri? I was diagnosed with epilepsy but think this is wrong

White spots, eh?: Presumably you didn't just wander into an MRI facility and made an impulse purchase. A doctor ordered the MRI, & for a reason. The MRI isn't the patient, you are. The MD who ordered the MRI is ethically obligated to interpret the scan results & correlate them with YOU the whole patient; or, if (s)he can't, to find someone who can. Ask to see the actual images & review them with your doctor. ...Read more

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Brain mri-white spots/migraines. Told this is abnormal for 39 y/o. Dad & grandma-early onset dementia (50s). Do white spots = dementia in my future?

Brain mri-white spots/migraines. Told this is abnormal for 39 y/o. Dad & grandma-early onset dementia (50s). Do white spots = dementia in my future?

...hold on cowgirl!!: I've seen lots of scanned images with "white spots" that turned out to be artifact rather than tissue pathology...Similar to having a dirty lens on your microscope! there are some genetic markers for certain types of dementias that would be much more useful to you...And all it takes is a swab of the buccal mucosa inside your mouth, and, of course, a little money! seek more opinions on "white dots". ...Read more

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What could cause white spots on my father's MRI?

What could cause white spots on my father's MRI?

There is simply: not enough information provided to venture a guess. You can talk to your doctor about it, or upload some MRI images on HealthTap and request a consult. ...Read more

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White spots on the brain shown in mri and i'm having siezures would there be any connection ?

White spots on the brain shown in mri
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would there be any connection ?

Spots nonspecific: At your age, spots may be consistent with microvascular angiopathy, a sign of vascular atherosclerosis or even small strokes, which may be a focus for your seizures, but such lesions may be due to migraine, head injury, multiple sclerosis, and may have little to do with current seizures. Talk to your doc, as may need a medicine to protect against stroke. ...Read more

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Mri revealed white spots on brain, causes?

Mri revealed white spots on brain, causes?

Chronic blood supply: White spots or ubo are related to slow death of brain tissue due to blood flow problems. White spots get more numerous with age, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking and cholesterol issues. ...Read more

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What can white spots on spine in MRI scan indicate?

What can white spots on spine in MRI scan indicate?

Depends on where: In the spine they could be a hemangioma or a lipoma, benign bone lesions... In the spinal cord.......Multiple sclerosis, tumor, or cord trauma. To name a few.... ...Read more

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I have white spots on my verabrae on my MRI the size of a grape should I be worried, I don't have my results as yet so worried about it. ?

I have white spots on my verabrae on my MRI the size of a grape should I be worried, I don't have my results as yet so worried about it. ?

There is: no way to answer that without looking at the images or having more specific info. Depending on the sequence parameters, "white spots" in the vertebral bodies could be entirely innocuous, or could signify a significant abnormality. If you can upload the images, you can initiate a HealthTap Concierge consult if you don't want to wait for the results. ...Read more

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My grandson just had an MRI because his head size was in the 97 percentile. They called today and said he has "bright spots" What could these be?

My grandson just had an MRI because his head size was in the 97 percentile.  They called today and said he has "bright spots"   What could these be?

Possible nf1: You should ask your physician for better explanation of bright spots. Sometimes large head (macrocephaly) is associated with neurofibromatosis. Some bright spots are sometimes seen frontal lobe, cerebellum, basal ganglia and brainstem.Bright spots are not tumors and will not develop into brain tumors. Hyperintensities are most commonly seen in children and disappear in adulthood. ...Read more