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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Can drinking alcohol before a brain MRI cause false results?

Can drinking alcohol before a brain MRI cause false results?

No: But don't get drunk.........You have follow some commands while inside machine. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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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


Dr. Robert Grindstaff
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Sudden onset tingling and pins and needles after drinking alcohol. Liver and kidney labwork is normal. NCV and EMG normal. Brain MRI norml. Cause?

Pins &needles: This is difficult But if there has been a long history of alcohol use it could be a vitamin defficiency or an early alcohol induced neuropathy which does not show on testing yet. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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Does the kind of brain damage caused by binge drinking show up on a brain MRI? Could you have a normal MRI result and still have damage?

Does the kind of brain damage caused by binge drinking show up on a brain MRI?  Could you have a normal MRI result and still have damage?

Yes: Although the damage is microscopic. Whether you binge drink or not alcohol does have a degree of toacicity and damage to your brain. ...Read more

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Dr. Chan Hwang
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Is a brain MRI used to detect or rule out alcohol induced brain damage?

Is a brain MRI used to detect or rule out alcohol induced brain damage?

Not typically.: Alcohol is a major cause of brain damage, and it has been estimated that one alcoholic beverage kills about 50,000 neurons. There are about 100,000,000,000 neurons in the brain. By the time the damage is detectable on MRI, there has significant brain damage. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Mark Fisher
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Is it possible to have brain damage from one episode of binge drinking, and if so, would this be caught on a brain MRI?

No.: Really not, unless you drank so much you passed out and depressed your respiratory rate so much that you deprived your brain of oxygen. You may have fried a few extra brain cells, but nothing that would be noticeable. And no, you can't see a hangover on an MRI. ...Read more

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Dr. Ramji Rajendran
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Will the medication tamoxifen effect the results of a MRI of the brain? Would this medication cause the brain MRI to be inaccurate?

Will the medication tamoxifen effect the results of a MRI of the brain? Would this medication cause the brain MRI to be inaccurate?

Tamoxifen MRI: Tamoxifen can sometimes cause neurological side effects such as mood changes. However, there is no data that suggests that tamoxifen changes the anatomy or imaging of the brain. Tamoxifen is a very effective anti-estrogen drug for breast cancer prevention and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kelts
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I had ocular migraines and one sided numbness and my brain MRI results show increased signals to subcortical and it is 3mm causes?

I had ocular migraines and one sided numbness and my brain MRI results show increased signals to subcortical and it is 3mm causes?

Need further Eval: Ocular migraines are a diagnosis of exclusion--by which I mean that there cannot be another explanation for the changes in vision reported. I am concerned about your subcortical changes on MRI and numbness, which could be the result of another neurologic diagnosis such as MS. Please strongly consider an evaluation with a neurologist sooner rather than later.... Take care and stay healthy! ...Read more

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Dr. Mahmud Ibrahim
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Help I have headache daily ?! Brain tumor ? I am very stressed, lack of sleep, drink alcohol weekly, is this causing headache ? Dr won't do mri

Help I have headache daily ?! Brain tumor ? I am very stressed, lack of sleep, drink alcohol weekly, is this causing headache ? Dr won't do mri

Stress reduction: Many times headaches are due to benign issues. Getting proper sleep, doing some stress reduction techniques, and cutting out alcohol (which can dehydrate you and also lead to headaches) can all help. ...Read more

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Dr. James Rochester
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Got dysautonomia, causes cerebral vasoconstriction resulting in lightheadedness daily, brain mri normal, why does it constrict? How do dilate? Bp norm

Got dysautonomia, causes cerebral vasoconstriction resulting in lightheadedness daily, brain mri normal, why does it constrict? How do dilate? Bp norm

Treatment available: Medications such as beta blockers and sometimes calcium channel blockers can help. Working with a physical therapist trained in this disorder can achieve good results, but it takes months of treatment. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Bourgon
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How long does it take to get results from a brain MRI? I had it Monday , it's now Saturday and I haven't heard anything. I'm worried.

How long does it take to get results from a brain MRI? I had it Monday , it's now Saturday and I haven't heard anything. I'm worried.

Depends on center: Most imaging center and hospital radiologists will create a formal report of your study any where from within a few hours to a few days of your scan. This is then sent to the ordering physician. How quickly they review these reports and contact you is unknown but you should call their office and set up an appointment to review your results. ...Read more

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Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more


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