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What is a gray matter hyperintensity of 3mm on a brain MRI result? (Just trying to understand my results :))

What is a gray matter hyperintensity of 3mm on a brain MRI result? (Just trying to understand my results :))

Depends on image: Magnetic resonance imaging with and without gadolinium contrast shows hyperintensity depending on type of images, T1, T2, diffusing weighted or flair view. Each type of image views can because by various ideologies, including ischemia, plaques, infection, growth, bleed. Gray matter hyperintensity simply means changes seen based on the type of image. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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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How long does it usually take to get brain MRI results?

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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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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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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What kind of profession deciphers the results of brain mri?

Neuroradiologist: Is a more specialized radiologist who has years of training interpreting MRI scans. I have 28 years experience reading MRI studies. ...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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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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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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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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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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Result of brain mri: no white matter lesions or masses are seen. What the meaning of it?

Result of brain mri: no white matter lesions or masses are seen. What the meaning of it?

Normal: This is a very reassuring report that essentially summarizes careful evaluation of the different sequences in the mri. The conclusion is that it is a normal study. ...Read more

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I did brain MRI this morning and one of the results was: there is evidence of cavum septum pellucidum what does that means?

I did brain MRI this morning and one of the results was: there is evidence of cavum septum pellucidum what does that means?

Likely nothing wrong: The "septum pellucidum" is an anatomical structure in the brain that separates what are known as the 3rd ventricles. In the fetus, it actually begins as a "cavum" form (meaning the structure is split down the middle). Normally, it later after birth. But sometimes it doesn't or in other circumstances it may re-split (head trauma, seen in boxers as well as seen in nontraumatic conditions). ...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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Brain MRI result:there is signal void from the anterior and posterior circulation. Is this good or bad? Should I worry and seek for help?

Brain MRI result:there is signal void from the anterior and posterior circulation. Is this good or bad? Should I worry and seek for help?

More context needed: The best answer to your question will come from the person who ordered the test. The words used are radiology "shop talk" and often don't mean much in and of themselves. Most of the time, no worries...Sometimes, yes. Since you're so young ; since you've had not just an MRI but mra too then, again, your physician must've had reason to order these tests. They will have the answers you seek. ...Read more

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Brain MRI result: there is no signal void from the anterior and posterior circulation what's the medical definition of it and is it bad or not?

Brain MRI result: there is no signal void from the anterior and posterior circulation what's the medical definition of it and is it bad or not?

Signal Void Brain: On mri, in certain sequences there should be a lack of signal (ie. A black appearance) within the blood vessels. This normal appearance suggests that blood is flowing normally within these blood vessels. If there is a lack of signal void, this could suggest either abnormal blood flow or a complete lack of blood flow. This is abnormal and is concerning. Oftentimes this is associated with a stroke. ...Read more

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My brain MRI results say "patchy t2 hyperintensity, likely a sequelae of inflatmmation", what does that mean?

My brain MRI results say "patchy t2 hyperintensity, likely a sequelae of inflatmmation", what does that mean?

Context: If you had a recent concussion or mild traumatic brain injury, then this MRI finding suggests an area of bruising of the brain that is now recovering. If no recent injury, then this suggests some other process causing inflammation in that region of your brain (and there are many possible causes of inflammation other than injury). Your doctor can tell you more. ...Read more

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Why would neurosurgeon do brain MRI scan on 5th dec and not return any results for the past 7 weeks and now request the patient 2 go back for another 1?

Why would neurosurgeon do brain MRI scan on 5th dec and not return any results for the past 7 weeks and now request the patient 2 go back for another 1?

Let's try to solve?: Perhaps ns wanted it to see how things progressed but didn't think you wanted to know? Not a good answer! Maybe, thought they called you, but didn't? Naga! Time gone by and now wants interval exam? Okay, it's reasonable? Then sometimes we all just make mistakes? Good reason, but needs apology! Did you call to inquire about the results? Need to talk! Both sides! Hope this helped? ...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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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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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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Brain MRI results: differential includes nonspecific demyelinating process such as MS vasculitis and infectious etilogies. What does this mean?

Brain MRI results: differential includes nonspecific demyelinating process such as MS vasculitis and infectious etilogies. What does this mean?

Meaning of MRI: Differential- this refers to the list of possible diagnoses for the person.

The radiologist is not exactly sure what the imaging diagnosis is but what they are saying is that it looks like is ms or ms like things. Ms vasculitis (swelling of the arteries seen in ms). The other thing he/she thinks is possible are infectious etiologies (causes: such as bacterial or viral infection. ...Read more

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Brain MRI results " few scattered nonspecific punctuate focal areas of T2 prolongation subcortacally within both frontal lobes" Just diagnosed with R?

Brain MRI results " few scattered nonspecific punctuate focal areas of T2 prolongation subcortacally within both frontal lobes" Just diagnosed with R?

What rad reports say: Understanding radiology reports can be challenging. "Nonspecific" usually means cause unclear/many possible causes and often implies "low concern". Generally speaking, " few. Nonspecific. Focal. T2. frontal lobes" in a young woman probably are just Virchow-Robin spaces (no concern) but the specific pt. History is very important. I don't know what "Just diagnosed with R? " means. ...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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Had brain MRI done w/o contrast 3days ago. Possibly had viral meningitis in March. Result said enlargement of sulcus. What does this mean? I'm 25 y.o

Maybe nothing: May not be anything really? Its best for your preferred neurologist to have a look at the actual MRI film to see if it is a problem. ...Read more

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43 yr male having heart attack symptoms since 1 yr. All tests show normal result! (Angiogram, echocardiac, Chest scan, bloodtests, brain MRI).wat can it be

43 yr male having heart attack symptoms since 1 yr. All tests show normal result! (Angiogram, echocardiac, Chest scan, bloodtests, brain MRI).wat can it be

Chest pain: Description of the pain including duration, frquency, aggravating and relieving factors may be helpful. chest pain with normal coronaries could be due to GI conditions, or mental or coronary vasospasm ...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?

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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Had two spinal taps cont2. Csf was Lyme negative... Symptoms still persist 2+ years. Brain MRI white matter foci. Blood test results now normalizing?

Had two spinal taps cont2. Csf was Lyme negative... Symptoms still persist 2+ years. Brain MRI white matter foci. Blood test results now normalizing?

Work with your neuro: Specialist, so you can remain in remission. Also, with your integrative medicine doctor to help you out with lifestyle management, nutritional supplements, and ways to help with energy level support as the white matter foci are areas of concern for all. ...Read more

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Result for my brain MRI -asymmetric decreased attenuation in the left basal ganglia, variant dilated perivascular spaces or punctate chronic lacune.?

Result for my brain MRI -asymmetric decreased attenuation in the left basal ganglia, variant dilated perivascular spaces or punctate chronic lacune.?

MRI report: This is language used in radiology to describe what they see. Ordinarily, they cannot distinguish a small stroke (lacune) from a perivascular space. A "puntate lacune" though is very small. It is probably just the side view of a blood vessel (aka perivascular). Do you smoke? Do you have high blood pressure? Do you have diabetes mellitus? Atrial fibrillation? These are stroke risk factors. ...Read more

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Is it possible to suffer a TIA and have negative test results (CT, CTA and brain MRI). I have high cholesterol & blood pressure?

Is it possible to suffer a TIA and have negative test results (CT, CTA and brain MRI). I have high cholesterol & blood pressure?

Yes.: The symptoms are transient (the T in TIA) and by definition don't cause permanent changes, or any changes in most cases, on CT/MRI. ...Read more

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What is a brain mri?

What is a brain mri?

Magnetic imaging: MRI is a way to see what is happening with in the brain. The machine use magnetic waves to generate the information that is displayed on a computer screen. This is different than CT which uses X-rays to get the image ...Read more

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How can a brain MRI be done?

MRI: You will be asked to rest on your back and not move your head during the mri. You will be moved into the scanner. The MRI machine has enormously powerful magnets which will orient hydrogen molecules into a single direction. When a when the magnet energy is changed, the hydrogen atoms give off energy which will be picked up by the computer. ...Read more