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Would a doctor be able to see if you had arthritis or gout from an MRI and xrays?

Would a doctor be able to see if you had arthritis or gout from an MRI and xrays?

Probably: It would depend on what type of arthritis you are asking about, but typically many types of arthritis will be seen either on plain x-rays or mri. Gout is not as likely to be seen on x-rays or MRI with many variables to consider such as is this acute gout, chronic gout, have tophi (large crystal clusters) formed. You might even see inflammation in gout on MRI but be able to tell what it's from. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Is gout the same thing as gouty arthritis? I’ve been having pain and swelling in my toe and my doctor says its gouty arthritis. I’ve never heard of this. Is it just a fancy name for gout? Or is it something different?

Is gout the same thing as gouty arthritis? I’ve been having pain and swelling in my toe and my doctor says its gouty arthritis. I’ve never heard of this. Is it just a fancy name for gout? Or is it something different?

Similar: Gout is a metabolic condition in which the serum uric acid in our bodies can elevate. Usually controlled with oral medication. Gouty arthritis is the effect that chronic gout can have on joints especially feet, hands, knees. ...Read more

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I have severe pain and swelling in my feet knees and elbow but its not arthritis gout blood clot lupus sickle cell or wnything the dictors can find..W?

I have severe pain and swelling in my feet knees and elbow but its not arthritis gout blood clot lupus sickle cell or wnything the dictors can find..W?

Polyarthralgia: At a disadvantage here as multiple things have been investigated. If all labs are negative and radiographs are not helpful and you have spine and extremity pain of longer than 6 weeks and any sleep problems you may have fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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I have severe back pain. All the doctors I see say a different thing. I was told slipped disc, but a last xray said.no. will a MRI be accurate?

I have severe back pain. All the doctors I see say a different thing. I was told slipped disc, but a last xray said.no. will a MRI be accurate?

Back pain : MRI is much mor accurate in making the diagnosis in Back pain . However your insurance CO will most likely not pay for it , unless you have localized signs and symptoms or some neurological deficit . See a back specialist , have some physical therapy , if all fails in a couple of months , maybe an MRI will be in order then . Take care . ...Read more

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Shouldn't the doctors (orthopedic & mds) be able to see I have pubis shearing & sacroiliac dysfunction on my xray and mris?

Shouldn't the doctors (orthopedic & mds) be able to see I have pubis shearing & sacroiliac dysfunction on my xray and mris?

Not necessarily: These are general diagnoses that have little description as to the pathology that is occurring. An x-ray can occasionally identify pubic fragmentation in chronic osteitis pubis or sclerosis in si arthritis, but their absence doesn't mean that it's not there. An MRI is more sensitive and is good at picking up acute inflammation, but relatively poor in chronic situations of inflammation. ...Read more

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How come doctors can't figure out why i'm in constant pain? Been through pt pain management etc. Had mri, xray, nerve tests that all came back normal

Complex pain- hope: Pain is very complex and our understanding of it has come a long way, but we still have so far to go. Imaging and other tests often times don't diagnose the source of pain, but only point towards potential sources. Many conditions (like fibromyalgia) we simply do not understand or have tests to diagnose yet. Other diseases like disc pain may have normal appearing MRI and abnormal discogram. ...Read more

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Can an xray show liposarcoma? After an xray of mass, doctor ordered MRI of the mass. Could it be because the doctor is suspicious of malignancy?

Can an xray show liposarcoma? After an xray of mass, doctor ordered MRI of the mass. Could it be because the doctor is suspicious of malignancy?

Unlikely: Xray is unlikely to show a liposarcoma, MRI is usually better at it. It's possible that the reason for the MRI is cancer, that's the most common reason to use that imaging strategy. But the chance of liposarcoma is extremely low. ...Read more

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I have pains in my kness, especially when i lift weights. I got an xray and MRI but the doctor said i'm fine. Do you think I have tendonitis?

I have pains in my kness, especially when i lift weights. I got an xray and MRI but the doctor said i'm fine. Do you think I have tendonitis?

Patella femoral : If your pain is in front/under your knee cap, then most likely patella femoral pain syndrome/chondromalacia patella. Best managed with exercise to strengthen your quads to improve tracking, and avoiding deep knee bending activities. Also oral or topical nsaids can be of benefit, as well as a brace. Injection of cortisone or hyaluronic acid also very popular. If all else fails, then scope. ...Read more

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Had MRI/xray on knee doc said it was fine , but it pulses and has pain in knee, feels unstable?

Had MRI/xray on knee doc said it was fine , but it pulses and has pain in knee, feels unstable?

Hard to say: It is good to know your MRI looks fine as that would show the major ligaments in the knee and whether or not there is a problem there. Vascular or neurological causes are possible although fairly rare; it is also possible the MRI was miss read or missed something. Don't hesitate to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent
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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 Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more