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Brain MRI in august was normal, getting another one next week for mri with contrast, what are the chances this one will be abnormal with the contrast?

Brain MRI in august was normal, getting another one next week for mri with contrast, what are the chances this one will be abnormal with the contrast?

Unable to answer. The: Answer depends on your condition & what the doctor thinks is the diagnosis. If the original MRI truly didn't show an abnormality, then 99% of diagnoses won't show just because you repeat with contrast. (U run the risk of contrast exposure for no reason). Your question is complex. Use HealthTap Prime or talk to ur prescribing doctor about alternative ways to get diagnosed based on symptoms, not MRI ...Read more

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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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My ctscan and brain MRI normal but EEG test abnormal what is the problem ans solution?

My ctscan and brain MRI normal but EEG test abnormal what is the problem ans solution?

Ask your doctor.: Why don't you ask the doctor who ordered the tests. One will need to know the specifics of the eeg report to offer any other advice. ...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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Possible reasons for abnormal brain MRI in 10 year old?

Possible reasons for abnormal brain MRI in 10 year old?

MRI: Unfortunately there are textbooks filled with MRI brain abnormalities. What specifically is the abnormality? ...Read more

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What would abnormal ENG findings suggest? They recommened a brain mri.

What would abnormal ENG findings suggest? They recommened a brain mri.

Neurologic problem: An electronystagmogram (ENG) checks the neural signals to the eye muscles while your vision or field of view is altered. An abnormality may point to a functional problem (problem with way nerves are firing) or an anatomic problem (some abnormal structure/growth seen on brain MRI). Depending on what / how fast your symptoms developed, functional problems are more likely but talk to your Neurologist ...Read more

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Is it common to see a abnormality in a brain MRI and see something not abnormal in an angiogram?

Is it common to see a abnormality in a brain MRI and see something not abnormal in an angiogram?

Sort of: An MRI is very sensitive but not always as specific. It picks up images that appear abnormal. They may require further studies to determine whether it is something of significance. An angiogram may find that what appeared to be a lesion on MRI was not as serious as first thought. ...Read more

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Have chronic right eyetwitch for 10 months. Why won't it go away? I had emg and brain mri both normal

Have chronic right eyetwitch for 10 months. Why won't it go away? I had emg and brain mri both normal

Blepharospasm.: We call this condition blepharospasm. Botox is it the appropriate treatment. I would suggest you looking into this, because this condition tend to linger. Linger. ...Read more

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How to read brain MRI can't wait for results want to know if abnormal can be easily noticed on images I hav of result?

How to read brain MRI can't wait for results want to know if abnormal can be easily noticed on images I hav of result?

Really?: Okay, you actually want us to teach you how to be a neuroradiologist in 400 words or less? Not very realistic. Sorry. ...Read more

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If brain MRI results are bad but not urgent how long will they take to come back? Also, can you get them over the phone if they're normal? Thanks

If brain MRI results are bad but not urgent how long will they take to come back? Also, can you get them over the phone if they're normal? Thanks

Usually: Read by radiologist the same day. Your doctor or doctors associate can call with results as soon as they are back. Should be back 48-72 hours after having the test done. Unless Friday. May take an extra day or two. If they do not call you. Call office for results ...Read more

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If a radiologist decides not to use contrast during a brain Mri, does it indicate that they have seen nothing abnormal?

If a radiologist decides not to use contrast during a brain Mri, does it indicate that they have seen nothing abnormal?

Not: Necessarily. That is one possibility. However, it could also be possible that the non contrast MRI already specifically delineates a particular abnormality, and no contrast is necessary, or that the indication for the MRI is such that contrast would not be routinely employed. ...Read more

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Will a brain MRI of someone with bell's palsy appear normal?

Will a brain MRI of someone with bell's palsy appear normal?

Yes: Mri is of little value when exam is clearly a bells palsy. The palsy is due to shut down of a cranial nerve usually due to inflammation outside the brain. If exam is atypical, or the palsy does not resolve as expected, then MRI may help look for other causes. ...Read more

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I had a brain MRI without contrast after hitting my head that was "normal". Would it have shown increased pressure or bleeding without contrast?

I had a brain MRI without contrast after hitting my head that was "normal". Would it have shown increased pressure or bleeding without contrast?

CT w/o contrast: MRIs ate great but not the gold standard for strokes or bleeding. A CT w/o contrast is usually what is used to determine if you are bleeding in your brain. In any event Imagining is only a small part of the puzzle, your history plus how you hit your head and your current symptoms plus vital signs all need to be looked at together. IF Recurring symptoms or worsening get to ED/ urgent car ...Read more

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Is it possible 2 have MS even if the brain MRI was normal? I have all the symptoms; fallen102 times since oct12, speech&memory issues, tremoring etc

Is it possible 2 have MS even if the brain MRI was normal? I have all the symptoms; fallen102 times since oct12, speech&memory issues, tremoring etc

See below: If you have a normal MRI of brain and spinal cord, you do NOT have MS. You may well have neurological issues, and there should not be much challenge in confirming your diagnosis if you find an experienced competent neurologist. ...Read more

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My primary and chiro say my lhermitte's isn't ms. Brain MRI and neuro normal. They're not worried, thinking pinched nerve. Should I be, or get 3rd op?

My primary and chiro say my lhermitte's isn't ms. Brain MRI and neuro normal. They're not worried, thinking pinched nerve. Should I be, or get 3rd op?

Lhermittes w nl mri: With those two tests being ok, consider this a 3d opinion. A nerve can be pinched or irritated and look alright on these scans. When these scans are normal, the problem can't be severe. Give it some time, the outcome should be good. ...Read more

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18 y/o, given brain MRI without contrast (to rule out demyelinating disease) and the results were normal aside from some subtle nonspecific T2/FLAIR hyperintensity seen in the periatrial region bilaterally? What does this mean/should I be worried?

18 y/o, given brain MRI without contrast (to rule out demyelinating disease) and the results were normal aside from some subtle nonspecific T2/FLAIR hyperintensity seen in the periatrial region bilaterally? What does this mean/should I be worried?

Why ask here?: Presumably you didn't just pass an MRI facility & decided to go in and make an impulse purchase. A doctor had to order the MRI, one who knows you. It's his/her responsibility to interpret the MRI findings as part of your overall clinical picture, or if he/she can't, to find someone who can. The MRI isn't the patient; you are. ...Read more

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Pain behind one eye. Brain MRI normal. What could be wrong?

Pain behind one eye. Brain MRI normal. What could be wrong?

Possible tension HA: Tension headaches can present this way and a normal MRI helps to rule out many other causes like tumors, infections, bleeds. A more detailed history and physical exam findings would really be most helpful here. ...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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Temple pain normal brain MRI a week ago. Any dangerous causes that wouldn't show up on mri? Guessing tmj.

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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What would cause facial tingling/numbness feeling? I've had a neg brain MRI and normal cbc.

What would cause facial tingling/numbness feeling? I've had a neg brain MRI and normal cbc.

Speak to your doctor: Have you spoken to the ordering physician regarding the imaging results? Your history and examination will be important to help localize the issue; a CBC and MRI combination for assessing the symptoms isn't a clear pathway. Please follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Very mild diplegia in an 11 months old with normal brain MRI, lab tests, improving with physio, what is the cause?

Very mild diplegia in an 11 months old with normal brain MRI, lab tests, improving with physio, what is the cause?

Injury to motor cntr: This generally represents an injury to the motor cortex either prior to, during or after delivery. It is more common in premature infants who have delicate blood vessels in the brain. It could involve a period of poor oxygenation or poor blood flow to the motor cortex of the brain devoted to the lower extremities. The event may be so mild that no symptoms ever surface at the time of the event. ...Read more

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Normal EEG and brain MRI but low grade headache and a little dizziness every day. What can it be? Every other tests are normal.

Normal EEG and brain MRI but low grade headache and a little dizziness every day. What can it be? Every other tests are normal.

Headache syndrome: You may simply have a common headache syndrome which is very common and can either be approached by taking preventative medication or some other form of intervention (maybe not pharmacological even). If you would like to set up a 1-1 appointment please look me up at www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR. I am a neurologist and headache specialist and am happy to help. ...Read more

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Hypotonia with normal brain MRI in a 2 year old. Tested high bun/creat ratio of 49. Ck tested a 208. What are possible diagnosis's?

Hypotonia with normal brain MRI in a 2 year old. Tested high bun/creat ratio of 49. Ck tested a 208. What are possible diagnosis's?

Ped neuro consult: There are many reasons for hypotonia in a 2 yo child, from brain disorders with normal MRI to genetic, muscle and peripheral nerve diseases or arthropathies. A pediatric neurologist will do the needed work-up after evaluation. ...Read more

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Frequent Debilitating episodes of vertigo in a 21 y/o male. Most triggered by movement of head. Normal brain MRI. What could cause this??

Frequent Debilitating episodes of vertigo in a 21 y/o male. Most triggered by movement of head. Normal brain MRI. What could cause this??

See ENT doc: WIthout knowing any of your past history it is extremely difficult to evaluate vertigo; please see an Ear, Nose and Throat physician who can better delve into your examination and history to help you with this issue. ...Read more

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It's been 3 days, When I lay down for sleeping my head hurts. I did a brain Mri 3 months ago, and it was normal. Do I need another brain mri?

It's been 3 days, When I lay down for sleeping my head hurts. I did a brain Mri 3 months ago, and it was normal. Do I need another brain mri?

Not brain: If you had a normal brain MRI and the pain remained essentially the same, positional, when you lay down, I would suggest that you see your doc for another physical exam. Depending on the characters of your headache, the problem might be somewhere else, neck or cervical spine, sinuses, etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an unremarkable normal brain MRI for an infant that endured a brain trauma? If it's normal does it rule out brain damage?

Is it possible to have an unremarkable normal brain MRI for an infant that endured a brain trauma? If it's normal does it rule out brain damage?

Yes and No: First question a definite YES....not only infant...ANYONE....people suffer traumatic brain injuries all the time clinically but have normal MRI's and certainly it is also true that a normal MRI does not rule out brain injury since we cannot see all the possible ways a brain can be injured using MRI. There are newer sequence acquisitions that are getting around that problem though but not right now ...Read more

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Possible causes for bilateral ankle clonus if spine and brain MRI are normal? Clonus is more prominent on the left side. Can clonus ever be bening?

Possible causes for bilateral ankle clonus if spine and brain MRI are normal? Clonus is more prominent on the left side. Can clonus ever be bening?

Ankle clonus: Yes. Ankle clonus and hyper reflexes can be inherited and are a benign variation of normal reflexes. As long as there is no compression on the spinal cord and no damage to the brain, then there is no reason to worry ...Read more

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Can dysautonomia cause brain to feel swollen (along w/ lightheaded).The swollen feeling is so bothersome! Also have ctd. Negative brain mri. Normal sx?

Can dysautonomia cause brain to feel swollen (along w/ lightheaded).The swollen feeling is so bothersome! Also have ctd. Negative brain mri. Normal sx?

Dysautonomia: This is a very non-specific term that could mean a number of things. You should consult a neurologist and a rheumatologist to make sure you are getting the optimum management and not missing anything. ...Read more

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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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Bad headaches. Off and on naseau. Very tired. Normal brain MRI on August 5.2014. Appetite poor. Ideas?

Bad headaches. Off and on naseau. Very tired. Normal brain MRI on August 5.2014. Appetite poor. Ideas?

Differential dx: Will include more that cannot be found on brain MRI. If not already done, consider s detailed and comprehensive medical evaluation through your Family Practice or Internal Medicine Physician. For example, why are you needing metoprolol? what prompted your CT abdomen? Are there other symptoms that might point to a different path to investigate? ...Read more

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I get random bouts of brain fog and my brain mri and all extensive blood tests and neurological tests are normal. Can this just be normal?

I get random bouts of brain fog and my brain mri and all extensive blood tests and neurological tests are normal. Can this just be normal?

Brain Fog: Can be from a variety of sources. Glad to hear you saw your doc and had testing. Metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes) is rampant today and can be one cause. Anxiety is yet another, as is information overload. Please talk to your doc about your glucose level, see a nutritionist. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I've lost 20 lbs in 2.5 months and have daily headache. Tsh was 5.98 then 2.94 2 weeks later. All blood and brain mri normal. Please help! ?

I've lost 20 lbs in 2.5 months and have daily headache. Tsh was 5.98 then 2.94 2 weeks later. All blood and brain mri normal. Please help! ?

Are you anxious: Or depressed? Is your appetite normal? Were you checked for Addisons disease? Diabetes? There are many reasons you could be losing weight. Suggest you see an Endocrinologist for this. ...Read more