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Doctor insights on: Neck Mri Without Contrast

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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Is contrast absolutely necessary during soft tissue neck MRI for evaluation of mass? I had very unpleasant scary symptoms last time I had contrast.

Is contrast absolutely necessary during soft tissue neck MRI for evaluation of mass? I had very unpleasant scary symptoms last time I had contrast.

Tell the MRI folks!: I tend to defer to the radiologists to tell me the best technique or study needed to find what I'm looking for. But if contrast is needed, be sure to tell te MRI techs and doctor what you experienced before. If you had an allergic reaction, they will want to be prepared - and possibly medicate you in advance to keep you safe. ...Read more

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Could someone please tell me what it means when neck MRI done 3 times in a month 1 w/contrast all say artifact. No surgery Ever at neck. I'm confused.

Could someone please tell me what it means when neck MRI done 3 times in a month 1 w/contrast all say artifact. No surgery Ever at neck. I'm confused.

MRI artifact: Artifact obscuring portions of the image aren't always due to surgical hardware. There are many sources of artifact. Patient motion can cause artifact. In particular, neck MRI can be susceptible to artifact from swallowing during the examination, as well as blood vessel pulsation artifact from neck vessels. ...Read more

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Can a neck MRI with contrast show any malignant lymph nodes near collarbone or where posterior neck joins the shoulder?

Can a neck MRI with contrast show any malignant lymph nodes near collarbone or where posterior neck joins the shoulder?

Yes and no: An MRI can do many things, like show if you have enlarged lymph nodes - however in order to determine if they are benign or malignant you would need a biopsy of the tissue in question. I will often order an ultrasound first when evaluating lumps in the neck, and only order MRI if the ultrasound is inconclusive or unable to do needle biopsy. ...Read more

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How do they do a neck mri?

How do they do a neck mri?

You lie on your back: You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to determine that there is no metal inside your body. You will be asked to remove all jewelry, metal and empty your pockets.
You will then enter the scanning room, lie flat on your back, and be moved into the scanner aperture. You will need to stay very still for the next 20 minutes. Then it's over! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: neck mri?

What is the definition or description of: neck mri?

Cervical region: A neck MRI will be done with the cervical spine being imaged. This will concentrate on the bones, nerves, discs and joints of the cervical spine. Due to the close proximity other soft tissues will be imaged including parts of the brain or organs like the thyroid. But it is not being dedicated to be looking at these other organs. ...Read more

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How long does the neck MRI without dye take?

How long does the neck MRI without dye take?

30 to 45 minutes: Mri scans can take 30 to 45 minutes. ...Read more

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I was told I need a neck MRI to look at the spine. What could be wrong my my neck?

I was told I need a neck MRI to look at the spine. What could be wrong my my neck?

MRI of the neck used: To see the soft tissues in the neck, disc spinal cord and the bones, usually they are looking for disc problem. ...Read more

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What will a neck MRI soft tissue show you?

Many things: Mri of the neck is performed without or with intravenous contrast and allows us to evaluate the muscles, soft tissues, bones, glands (parotid, submandibular), blood vessels, lymph nodes, airway, and any masses/cysts present. ...Read more

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What is a head and neck MRI used for?

What is a head and neck MRI used for?

2 study each: They r 2 separate studies. 1=neck&1=head.
Just a plain mr of each with no contrast, shows the shape & condition of the bones and soft tissues of each.

Use in trauma, head aches, seizure disorders, tumors and other head related symptoms. The neck 4 trauma, pain, arm pain and more. ...Read more

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What details can you get from head and neck mri?

What details can you get from head and neck mri?

Both have there own: Advantages, the MRI of the head show the brain a, and neck MRI show the of the cord, nerves, disc and vertebra. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are normal head and neck MRI effects?

Could you tell me what are normal head and neck MRI effects?

None: Mri generally has no side effects, assuming an appropriate safety screening. Some implanted devices and tattoos are not MRI safe. Some persons are sensitive to the IV contrast that is sometimes used, and persons with poor kidney function sometimes cannot get IV contrast.

During the scan, especially at high magnet strength, some persons describe "funny feelings". ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a neck MRI without dye ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a neck MRI without dye ordered?

No: Your primary physician can order the MRI if he or she feels that it is necessary and if your insurance carrier will cover it. ...Read more

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Dr discussed soft tissue neck MRI tech said soft & spine were imaged, report was only spine. Can look at same cd for soft tissues or need another mri?

No, soft tissue can: Be seen on the same mri, generally speaking. Unless a specific soft tissue is being looked for, or to make it pronounced, one could get a contrasted study.
The report usually states all the abnormal findings, including bony ; soft structures. ...Read more

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Is a head MRI or a neck MRI needed in case of a stiff neck?

Stiff neck: Probably neither, you probably has a muscle spasm which self limited, warm compress, analgesic may help. ...Read more

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Does a soft tissue neck MRI show esophagus tumors and what other areas does it show?

Does a soft tissue neck MRI show esophagus tumors and what other areas does it show?

MRI should: Easily visualize a large tumor, but very small mucosal lesions may only be visualized endoscopically. So the answer is...sometimes. ...Read more

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I had a neck MRI that came back normal, but what does it mean that there is a hemangioma in C6?

I had a neck MRI that came back normal, but what does it mean that there is a hemangioma in C6?

Mgt/workup: Hemangiomas are fairly common masses in the neck and airway. I would advise uploading the image to your virtual EMR so that I can review it.
If you are experiencing any difficulty swallowing or breathing, a procedure may be completed to remove or shrink the mass. A follow up scan can be used to gauge the rate of growth. ...Read more

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I had a neck MRI and was told I have a tortuous carotid, and that was normal. How does that happen?

Usually normal.: It's just the way you were born. It's very common in older adults, but not exclusive to them. ...Read more

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I had a neck MRI that came back normal, but what does it mean that there is a hemangioma in C6? What is it? Does it need to be treated?

Get a consultation: Spinal hemangiomas are BENIGN tumors that are relatively common. Most cause no symptoms and need no treatment. Some can be in a location that cause compression on blood vessels or nerves. Hopefully the doctor ordering the MRI can give you guidance. If not I recommend you seek out a good spinal surgeon for consultation. Usually they are neurosurgeons or ortho's that specialist in back surgery. ...Read more

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Just did a normal MRI on my neck & the radiologist advised me lymphnodes are ok - would the neck MRI show if something was wrong with them?

Just did a normal MRI on my neck & the radiologist advised me lymphnodes are ok - would the neck MRI show if something was wrong with them?

Yes: Mri is very good for evaluating the lymph nodes of the neck. When lymph nodes become abnormal, they usually get bigger and/or change shape. If you have a history of cancer, it is possible that MRI could miss very, very early metastatic disease in the lymph nodes, but in general, if your lymph nodes are normal size and shape on mri, there is nothing wrong with them. ...Read more

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95 MRI =no Chiari, but 2010 had 4mm and 2014 MRI had 6.5 & 8mm tonsillar descent (not peg), otherwise nl. Neck MRI nl. What can make it worse? 42yo.

95 MRI =no Chiari, but 2010 had 4mm and 2014 MRI had 6.5 & 8mm tonsillar descent (not peg), otherwise nl. Neck MRI nl. What can make it worse? 42yo.

Prob. Benign: This may be an incidental Finding. However your Neurologist would be able to tell you conclusively. All the MRI findings have to be correlated with your Clinical Finding.
If MRI was done at the same place, Comparison was made with previous MRI and new one does not have this findings;it is unusual. The Tonsillar Descent must be Congenital (from Birth) ...Read more

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Will throat or neck cancer show on a neck mri?

Will throat or neck cancer show on a neck mri?

Usually: Usually, if the MRI was to look at the neck, and not the cervical spine.

Small throat cancers, or cancers without enlarged lymph nodes or masses can be harder to detect.

It always helps the radiologist reading and study to have a great clinical history and know what diagnoses the referring clinician and patient are thinking about. ...Read more

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Will a head and neck MRI be able to detect a head or neck injury?

Will a head and neck MRI be able to detect a head or neck injury?

Sometimes: If your head/neck symptoms are stemming from pathology in the brain or cervical spine then these tests may reveal something. If its muscular pain, then probably not. Realize that an MRI is just a picture at that point in time, and is not a physiologic test. However, it can be a very helpful test, especially if the symptoms aren't going away in a few weeks time. ...Read more

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Having neck MRI with iv sedation. Do I hear the MRI sounds even with sedation?

Depends on scan, sed: Depending on the amount of sedation given, you may be in "twilight" (i.e., sleeping) or just drowsy. (Doubtful that you would be unconscious). Depending on the level of sedation, you may still hear the magnet working. Also, it depends on the scan: (getting technical) as gradient-echo pulse sequences tend to be louder than spin-echo sequences. But you can always ask for ear plugs! Good Luck! ...Read more

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Neck MRI shows "small cervical lymph nodes noted bilaterally prominent at level II with preserved helium". What does this mean?

Neck MRI shows "small cervical lymph nodes noted bilaterally prominent at level II with preserved helium". What does this mean?

Sounds normal.: We all have lymph nodes in our neck. Sometimes they get a little "prominent". The "preserved hilum" is a good thing because it means the lymph node looks normal otherwise. If there were no other findings, then this is OK. ...Read more

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I have lhermitte's but normal neuro and brain/neck mri. Neuro says its not ms, but symptom intensifies with exercise. Is this ms?

I have lhermitte's but normal neuro and brain/neck mri. Neuro says its not ms, but symptom intensifies with exercise. Is this ms?

Nonspecific: Would wonder about B-12 deficiency, spinal cord compression, cervical vertebral instability, as other explanations for your problem. Lhermitte's classic in MS, but other conditions can cause. ...Read more

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Crackles and pops like pop rocks what feels and sounds like in bottom of my brain and neck. Mri shows lesions. Can be related? What can it be?

Crackles and pops like pop rocks what feels and sounds like in bottom of my brain and neck. Mri shows lesions. Can be related? What can it be?

Doubtful: Doubtful, this may simply be the vertebrae / bones in your neck adjusting. The neck and back are fluid and moveable bones, that is where osteopathic medicine and chiropractic medicine can manipulate your bones to assist in realignment. Don't be alarmed, continue close follow up with your primary care provider. ...Read more