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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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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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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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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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Would smoking cannabis or drinking alcohol with a brain tumor cause it to have potentially harmful or adverse effects on the person;make tumor worse?

Would smoking cannabis or drinking alcohol with a brain tumor cause it to have potentially harmful or adverse effects on the person;make tumor worse?

Probably not.: Those substances have little in common other than being considered 'bad' by some people. Medical cannabis is thought to be very helpful for cancer patients in many ways. I've not heard of alcohol's benefits, if any, but no problems either. Relax. Consider asking the oncologist involved for an opinion. Best! ...Read more

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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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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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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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Is there a link between drinking alcohol and brain cancer?

Is there a link between drinking alcohol and brain cancer?

No: Brain tumors have few clear links to things that we do or are exposed to. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol shrink brain volume?

Does drinking alcohol shrink brain volume?

It appears so: Studies suggest that moderate to heavy alcohol use is associated with a decrease in brain volume and the more alcohol consumed, the smaller the total brain volume. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol damage your brain cells?

Does drinking alcohol damage your brain cells?

Yes: Alcohol does effect brain structure, function, neuro cognition in adolescent. Studies have found that adolescent heavy drinkers exhibit decrements in memory, attention and speeded information processing, and executive functioning. Heavy alcohol use in adolescence has an adverse influence on the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex volume.
Heaps studies available how alcohol impact adult brain. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many days to get results on a brain mri?

Can you let me know how many days to get results on a brain mri?

Varies: Every testing facility has a different turn around time. The results then get sent to your doctor, and each office has a unique turn around time as well. ...Read more

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What does it mean when brain MRI results state "arteries are patent? "

What does it mean when brain MRI results state "arteries are patent? "

Good news.: The blood vessels supplying your brain are not narrowed or blocked. These are the cerebral arteries. ...Read more

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I did brain MRI some of the results are: there's signal void from the interior and posterior circulation. What does it means?

I did brain MRI some of the results are: there's signal void from the interior and posterior circulation. What does it means?

Need more info: This is likely a statement from the findings section of the mri. Please check the final impression of the report and review the results of your scan with your doctor who ordered the scan. Unfortunately, it is difficult to provide you with more information without seeing the images and reviewing the report. ...Read more

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What shows up on a brain MRI? Will it reveal the root cause of headaches?

What shows up on a brain MRI? Will it reveal the root cause of headaches?

Sometimes, yes: MRI brain is done in HA mostly to rule out serious problems like tumor, inflammation, infections, abscess causing HA, which is non-responsive to meds, worsening day by day and increase in severity.
If you just have plain daily HA, which has been contrast then chances of MRI will show anything is pretty low. I would recommend virtual consult or concierge with me to discuss further. ...Read more

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Temple pain normal brain MRI a week ago. Any dangerous causes that wouldn't show up on mri? Guessing tmj.

Probably not.: The MRI probably looked at the temple area including brain. So, if it was read as normal, no worries.

Tmj most likely. ...Read more

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I went for a brain MRI just for a check up and the results is abnormal. I will see a neurologist on monday. Very nervous what it can be.?

I went for a brain MRI just for a check up and the results is abnormal. I will see a neurologist on monday. Very nervous what it can be.?

Some thots: Do not have info regarding the "abnormal" findings, but not unique to have spots in white matter secondary to prior head injury or migraine, and some medications can cause these. In older pts, the spots may be due to hardening of the arteries. The MRI findings need to correlate with your clinical problems, not just an isolated radiological finding. ...Read more

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My neuro said my distorted vision isn't typical to that of migraine auras and wants me to have a brain mri. What are the other possible causes?

My neuro said my distorted vision isn't typical to that of migraine auras and wants me to have a brain mri. What are the other possible causes?

Retinal?: An eye examination by an ophthalmologist would help to rule out retinal, lenticular & corneal problems that may be attributed to your visual distortion. If you have not had an eye exam, you should make one. Good luck. ...Read more

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Young man with epilepsy and memory deficits recently diagnosis with a few punctuate foci on brain mri. Is this cause for concern? Suggested follow-up?

Young man with epilepsy and memory deficits recently diagnosis with a few punctuate foci on brain mri. Is this cause for concern? Suggested follow-up?

White matter lesions: Could be very nonspecific but could relate to prior head trauma, migraine headaches, but might also be due to demyelination or hardening of arteries. Is there a diagnostic explanation to label cause of epilepsy and memory loss? Would not necessarily be concerned regarding discovery of the spots, which may be old, but could well relate to the current symptoms. ...Read more

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If you claustrophobic and can't do a brain MRI what other test are as accurate that your doctor can rely on. Alternative to MRI with similar results.?

Simple solutions: Agree that you can overcome the problem, by appropriate treatment. Can also avail yourself of an open or stand-up device, and in some cases, use of valium helps immensely. Your doctor should be readily available to guide a successful approach. ...Read more

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The past week I've had 2 day with pain behind my left eye that comes and goes. Brain MRI 1month ago normal. Causes? L.

The past week I've had 2 day with pain behind my left eye that comes and goes. Brain MRI 1month ago normal. Causes? L.

Yes many: Many causes: Migraines, sinus infection or glaucoma. You should have further evaluation and treatment by an ophthalmologist and mention that you have EDS (Ehlers-danlos syndrome) because you may have other eye complications from this syndrome. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to get brain MRI results?

It depends.....: Usually MRI results are read by the radiologist early on... Within a day and usually right away. However, the results must usually be given to your doctor which may take a few days... It's a good idea to ask your doctor this question. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm really scared to get a brain MRI scan results?

What to do if I'm really scared to get a brain MRI scan results?

Meet with your doc: Meet with your doctor to go over the results of your mri. Your doctor can help explain the results and answer any questions you may have. ...Read more

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Diagnosed sclc, brain MRI clear but eyesight has deteriorated. Is reduced eyesight caused by small cell. Thanks.

Diagnosed sclc, brain MRI clear but eyesight has deteriorated. Is reduced eyesight caused by small cell. Thanks.

Not generally: Small cell lung cancer (SCLC), while generally a serious diagnosis, wasn't thought to affect the eyes. (The bones & brain are still the most common sites of metastasis (spread)). Eye metastasis is STILL VERY RARE in SCLC, but cases have been described in medical literature. Normally it causes VISION LOSS NOT BLURRING as it affects the choroid, the part of the eye w/ most blood vessels. TTY Oncolog ...Read more

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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

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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