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I have dystonia and black spots on my mri brain scan - could the 2 be related? I had a rta nearly 4 years ago but symptoms since & worsened after 2yrs

I have dystonia and black spots on my mri brain scan - could the 2 be related? I had a rta nearly 4 years ago but symptoms since & worsened after 2yrs

Lesions found on: MRI's of the brain may be either unrelated to neurological symptoms or related to an active neurological disorder. History of progression of dystonia & other neurological symptoms, family history of dystonia & records of the cause & clinical course of Renal Tubular Acidosis aid a neurologist's decision to repeat an MRI of the brain for comparison & perform genetic & other medical studies. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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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What does a big black spot on a brain MRI mean?

What does a big black spot on a brain MRI mean?

Unanswerable: Many possibilities depending on sequence used, contrast, location of "spot" etc. The MRI report should provide details. ...Read more

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What causes bright spots in 1 year old brain mri?

What causes bright spots in 1 year old brain mri?

Lots of things: "bright spots" on an MRI have various causes. They can range from benign, insignificant findings to infections, injuries, metabolic problems and more. An MRI is only a tool, and the findings need to be put in the context of the patient's clinical condition. Mri's are often ordered unnecessarily and then odd findings (like bright spots) can make a straightforward case much more confusing. ...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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Had normal brain MRI in 2014 (headaches and optical migraines). Doc mentioned white spots apparently from the headaches. It scared me tho. Common?

Had normal brain MRI in 2014 (headaches and optical migraines). Doc mentioned white spots apparently from the headaches. It scared me tho. Common?

Mixed bag: This web article is on point: http://www. Dizziness-and-balance. Com/disorders/central/pvm. Htm
About half of normal folks over 65 have T2 abnormalities (white spots).
Folks in their 40s with migraines can also present this way. It is nonspecific though so a repeat MRI in a patient with continued symptoms could be considered, mostly since there is little risk due to MRI in patients who can have them ...Read more

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I have high calcium levels, brain MRI showed spots in white matter, pain on right side abdomin. Dr mentioned aphasia-can all these be realted? I'm 41

I have high calcium levels, brain MRI showed spots in white matter, pain on right side abdomin. Dr mentioned aphasia-can all these be realted? I'm 41

Possible: Exact scenario may be hard. Need ct of chest, abdomen, & pelvis to rule out any cancer that could cause high calcium or sarcoidosis. If not done, need parathyroid and vitamin d levels. It may be that you take calcium or Tums that increased your calcium in blood which if high enough causes confusion and weakness. If so, brain findings may relate to a virus possibly herpes vs others. ...Read more

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Gray spot on brain MRI - freaking out!

Gray spot on brain MRI - freaking out!

There is: Simply not enough information to venture a guess. It could be nothing. How is it described in the MRI report? ...Read more

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Daughter had brain MRI for big head, they found that bright spot not seen in prostery pituitary is not seen and antierior pituitary is 3 mm in height?

Daughter had brain MRI for big head, they found that bright spot not seen in prostery pituitary is not seen and antierior pituitary is 3 mm in height?

Possibly something: MRI is used to see if there is too much fluid in the brain (hydrocephalus), but other findings can be found. Brain Tumor per se is NOT presented this way. Heridtary Diseases that give Growths int he brain typically have > 1 of these bright spots.
So, you'd know more than me. Others in the family with Elephant man disease or Tuberous sclerosis? No, then not that. Can be in a lot. Can be just there ...Read more

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When a radiologist two says they don't know what's causing lesions in brain and just had a new brain MRI and they third radioologist says when I asked him about a big white spot in back of brain if it could be a tumor he just said it most likely they big

When a radiologist two says they don't know what's causing lesions in brain and just had a new brain MRI and they third radioologist says when I asked him about a big white spot in back of brain if it could be a tumor he just said it most likely they big

See neurologist: There are many reasons for 'lesions' or 'white spots' but there shouldn't be many in someone aged 48. Would suggest seeing a neurologist for thorough evaluation and correlation between spots and clinical symptoms. ...Read more

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CT scan showed spot on brain! MRI showed nothing why? Which one is right?

CT scan showed spot on brain! MRI showed nothing why? Which one is right?

Discuss with Doctors: We can not comment on the results of the MRI and CAT SCAN. We don't know why the tests were ordered and what does the spot mean and it's location and interpretation by the Radiologist. You have to discuss these findinngs as they apply to you based on your clinical status ...Read more

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Every time I cough my head hurts more in the same spot. I have a brain mri scheduled, is it safe to take antihistamine to stop cough? I’m concerned.

Every time I cough my head hurts more in the same spot. I have a brain mri scheduled, is it safe to take antihistamine to stop cough? I’m concerned.

Cough: To suppress a dry hacking cough it is safe for you to take an antihistamine combined in cough syrup that has dextromethorphan (antihistamine DM elixir). The antihistamine may cause some drowsiness. You can ask your pharmacist to recommend one. Claritin is a non drowsy antihistamine but on its own, may not suppress a hacking cough. ...Read more

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Had brain mri/wcontrast. Small spot rt side seen by neuro said hypertension maybe but no ms. Should I be worried. Taking 81mg aspirin now mra of neck nex?

Had brain mri/wcontrast. Small spot rt side seen by neuro said hypertension maybe but no ms. Should I be worried. Taking 81mg aspirin now mra of neck nex?

Small white spot: A single small white spot should not be cause for concern. It can be caused by high blood pressure. Since you have high blood pressure, it makes sense to use a little aspirin. We see white spots in 50% of our brain MRI's up here.

If you also have headaches, it is reasonable to have the MRA test. Otherwise I am not sure why this test was ordered. ...Read more

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How likely am I to be diagnosed with ms? I originally went to the doctor for numbness and tingling in my hand and foot and have gotten severe pain in my opposite arm and hip on two occasions. One white spot was found on my brain mri, minor degenerative c

How likely am I to be diagnosed with ms? I originally went to the doctor for numbness and tingling in my hand and foot and have gotten severe pain in my opposite arm and hip on two occasions. One white spot was found on my brain mri, minor degenerative c

Hard to say: One white spot on brain MRI is nonspecific. If it is in a particular area (corpus callosum) it would be more concerning, otherwise it could have been from prior brain infection (encephalitis) or trauma (shearing injury). Your symptoms are a bit more worrisome. Perhaps a spinal fluid analysis will help. Neurology consult would be useful. ...Read more

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What do black spots that appear on an MRI of the brain mean?

It depends....: How white, grey or black signal on an MRI scan is interpreted depends on the type of sequence that spot appears in. So without knowing the sequence, I can only guess.

If these are scattered black dots they could represent small foci of old hemorrhage or iron deposition. If it is a bigger spot it could represent a fluid collection. I really would have to see the images to give you an answer. ...Read more

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Brain MRI with white matters and 4 black holes findings. Are back holes alway a sign of ms? Or not necessarily. I have no symptoms of ms.

Brain MRI with white matters and 4 black holes findings. Are back holes alway a sign of ms? Or not necessarily. I have no symptoms of ms.

We term this: Radiologically isolated syndrome, and sorry, but many of these mri's foretell future diagnosis of clinically definite ms. Suggest you go further, get films of cervical spinal cord, and maybe lumbar puncture. Would strongly urge a consult with a neurologist who specializes in ms, as the proper management is rather complex these days. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Brain MRI white matter 4 black holes. Lp clear. Blood test clear. Spinal MRI ctl clear. No symptom of ms. What r the chances of be MS something else?

Brain MRI white matter 4 black holes. Lp clear. Blood test clear. Spinal MRI ctl clear. No symptom of ms. What r the chances of be MS something else?

Symptoms?: You cannot anything on the information given black holes may have been there for years as far as we know multiple sclerosis is basically a clinical diagnosis in the absence of symptoms a repeat MRI is suggested in 6 months or so! ...Read more

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Numbness hands, feet, legs, arm off and on for months, sometimes skin is almost painful after shower, black whole in vision once, neg brain mri, ?

Numbness hands, feet, legs, arm off and on for months, sometimes skin is almost painful after shower, black whole in vision once, neg brain mri, ?

Seen Doctor lately?: Your symptoms would be best evaluated by a physician expert in neuropathies such as a neurologist. You will require testing for metabolic types of disorders especially since your brain MR is negative. I'm not sure what the Black Hole in your vision refers to unless you also had a headache you didn't mention. ...Read more

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I have several m.S. Symptoms, but no lesions on brain mri.. But what does 2 white obligonal bands on spinal fluid mean.?

I have several m.S. Symptoms, but no lesions on brain mri.. But what does 2 white obligonal bands on spinal fluid mean.?

One of diagnostic: Tests. A diagnosis of ms is usually made on the basis of clinical findings, MRI and oligoclonal bands in cerebrospinal fluid. One of the features of ms is recurrent episodes. See this site for more information on this topic.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001747/. ...Read more

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What does 'giant panda' mean on a brain MRI?

What does 'giant panda' mean on a brain MRI?

Anatomic: Its an area of the midbrain that on MRI that looks like the face of a giant panda. Frankly, I don't see it. But I can't see those pictures that have hidden objects in them either. It has uncertain clinical significance. Talk to your doctor about what it may mean in your situation. ...Read more

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What is the average cash price for a brain mri?

It depends: Stay out of hospitals and use a free standing mri. Do not be afraid to negotiate a cash price. Finally, offer to pay the hmo reimbursement rate as that is often the lowest. Shop around. ...Read more

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Does a brain MRI need contrast to look at chirari?

Does a brain MRI need contrast to look at chirari?

No: Noncontrasted MRI is the test of choice to radiographically diagnose Chiari's. Be aware that there is something called PHASE-CONTRAST MRI or abbreviated PC-MRI. This imaging technique can be used (and is very useful in some cases when looking at headaches associated with Chiari's) to image the malformation. It DOES NOT utilize IV-contrast though the word "contrast" is in the name of the test. ...Read more

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What could an abnormal brain MRI mean, besides ca?

What could an abnormal brain MRI mean, besides ca?

Many things: There are many causes of an abnormal MRI other than cancer. This list is not all inclusive but may give you an idea of the number of disorders causing an abnormality. Vascular causes include stroke, hemorrhage, a-v malformations, demyelination from ms, lymes disease, infectious causes, hiv, abscess, viral infections, metabolic disorders such as wilson's disease, leukodystrophies and age related dis. ...Read more

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Would a brain MRI without contrast show everything?

Would a brain MRI without contrast show everything?

No: Imaging studies do not show "everything".
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Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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White matter. Found in brain MRI. What is this?

White matter. Found in brain MRI. What is this?

White matter: White matter is ALWAYS found in brain MRI because white matter is a normal part of brain tissue. You're looking at an MRI report, aren't you? The 1 responsible for interpreting an MRI report is the 1 who ordered it. If (s)he can't, then (s)he's obligated to find someone who can. You've left out something on the report. You're wasting your time here. See or call your doctor & ask. ...Read more

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Is there any pain involved in a brain MRI without dye?

Is there any pain involved in a brain MRI without dye?

No: The answer to this question is simple: there is no pain associated with a brain MRI study with or without contrast. ...Read more

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Can a brain mri prove how long a person has had CRPS?

Can a brain mri prove how long a person has had CRPS?

NO!: A brain MRI is USELESS in the diagnosis of Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome!

Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Hello docs, is a brain MRI common for headache sufferers?

Hello docs, is a brain MRI common for headache sufferers?

Not uncommon, but: In well over 98% of all migraine patients, the MRI is totally normal and reassuring. I tend to do very few images these days in my migraine patients unless the neurological exam shows some suspicious abnormality raising concerns. Perhaps your doctor has similar concerns, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes chronic headaches? I've had a negative brain MRI.

What causes chronic headaches? I've had a negative brain MRI.

Many causes: Headaches can be due to many causes
primary headaches
1migraine
2tension headache
3cluster headaches
secondary headaches
1excessive use of analgesics
2post head injury (concussion)
3cranial neuralgias due to inflammation of 12 nerves which supply motor;sensation to head;neck
4brai tumors
5high blood pressure
6sinus problems
7pseudotumor cerebri
8 other rare conditions
see doctor to find out ...Read more