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Would an MRI of head show swollen lymph nodes in neck?

Would an MRI of head show swollen lymph nodes in neck?

Depends: Upper neck area nodes can been seen well. Lower neck nodes can be out of range of imaging. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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Would a MRI show swollen lymph nodes in neck? Even if they are not present

Would a MRI show swollen lymph nodes in neck? Even if they are not present

Yes: Mri is sensitive for any masses including the lymph node even if you cannot feel them. ...Read more

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I had an MRI on my shoulder-found bone spurs and swollen lymph nodes in my armpits. What does the swollen lymph nodes indicate? Should I be worried?

I had an MRI on my shoulder-found bone spurs and swollen lymph nodes in my armpits. What does the swollen lymph nodes indicate? Should I be worried?

It depends: It depends on the size and number of enlarged lymph glands in the armpit. If there are only a few enlarged lymph nodes and they are only minimally enlarged (between 1.0 and 2.0 centimeters in size) then there is likely no problem. If there are many nodes and greater than 2.0 centimeters then you should be seen by your internist for further studies (blood tests and additional imaging studies). ...Read more

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Ct scan or MRI for swollen lymph nodes which is better? Whats the difference?

Ct scan or MRI for swollen lymph nodes which is better? Whats the difference?

Depends on origin: You don't use MRI or ct scan just to look at a lymph node. They are used to evaluate where and what is causing the lymph node to enlarge and which one is best should be determined by the condition being worked up. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in my lower back area, what can it be?Just had an MRI done and that was the diagnosis now i'm waiting to get a CT scan.

I have swollen lymph nodes in my lower back area, what can it be?Just had an MRI done and that was the diagnosis now i'm waiting to get a CT scan.

Usually benign : In a young person, most causes of swollen lymph nodes are infectious or reactive, therefore are benign. Localized lymph node swelling is frequently due to localized infection. Some infections can be serious however, such as tb. Rarely cancer can present as enlarged nodes (lymphoma, hodgkin disease), so, a biopsy/removal and further lab analysis may be necessary to determine cause. ...Read more

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Which is better, MRI or CT scan, when trying to detect what's the nature of a cervical swollen lymph node? Is a CT scan of neck a lot of radiation?

Which is better, MRI or CT scan, when trying to detect what's the nature of a cervical swollen lymph node? Is a CT scan of neck a lot of radiation?

Clinical issue: Choice of imaging study will depend upon what is being looked for. The best way to approach finding out what this is, is to biopsy it, but the diagnostic approach may be to assess first the extent of involvement and other areas which may also have structural abnormalities. Ct carries a fair amount of radiation but may be necessary under these circumstances, and one ct not likely to be harmful. ...Read more

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Symptoms: swollen lymph nodes for 2+years, spots on spine (mri), sudden weight loss, severe pain starts from back no doctors here know what it is?

We need more informa: There is no way we can tell you what is wrong with you without a comprehensive history and physical examination, and review of all the reports including comprehensive blood test and reports of all the imaging including xrays, cat scans, mris done and if that is not conclusive you may need more tests to find out what your diagnosis is and what treatment you may need.Apparently you have a undiagnosed c. ...Read more

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How can I know if this is a swollen lymph node?

How can I know if this is a swollen lymph node?

Depends on location: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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How will i know what does a swollen lymph node feel like?

How will i know what does a swollen lymph node feel like?

Varies with cause: Enlarged lymphnodes may feel shotty, i.e. Like pellets under the skin; these may be rubbery, often due to lymphoma, may be soft and tender if due to infection and on its way to forming an abscess, lymphondes may be matted in case of TB and advanced metastatic tumors. ...Read more

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Baby has a swollen lymph node for nearly a year? Keep following it?

Baby has a swollen lymph node for nearly a year?  Keep following it?

Is it really a node?: One question i would have at this point is if it really was an enlarged lymph node versus something else. Depending on its location, vascular malformations nonmalignant sarcomas (just to name two) could be possibilities. Depending on how large it is, and if it is growing with the baby or is it staying the same size or shrinking, i may think about imaging it with something like ultrasound. ...Read more

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