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Son had an MRI done on his brain. It came back "normal", what does that mean? Does it rule anything out? If he had tourettes would the MRI indicate?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Good

An MRI of brain shows its anatomy - that's it.
So tourette's would usually show nothing wrong on a single MRI test. Research has shown that some tourette's patients have a swollen thalamus. But this can only be demonstrated with serial mri's. See my health guides on tourette's for links to the studies.

In brief: Good

An MRI of brain shows its anatomy - that's it.
So tourette's would usually show nothing wrong on a single MRI test. Research has shown that some tourette's patients have a swollen thalamus. But this can only be demonstrated with serial mri's. See my health guides on tourette's for links to the studies.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Philip Chao
was your sons test done on an OPEN MRI or a closed MRI. Was it done at 3T. 3 tesla MRI is more accurate and shows more detail. I would highly recommend you ask for a 3T MRI when you go for an MRI exam. It can only help you in most cases. Also ask them how much they charge. Strangely you can sometimes pay less for a good 3T MRI than a bad OPEN MRI. Ask and you will be better informed. We only charge $500 for a 3T MRI here.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Brain MRI normal

Signifies the structures of the brain appear normal, i.
e. No obvious tumors, brain shrinkage, bleeding, tangles of blood vessels (a-v malformations). Eeg's & pet scans record functional abnormalities. Sometimes a pet-mri is performed to localize areas of abnormal function. Your doc can discuss the details of the MRI report & their significance.

In brief: Brain MRI normal

Signifies the structures of the brain appear normal, i.
e. No obvious tumors, brain shrinkage, bleeding, tangles of blood vessels (a-v malformations). Eeg's & pet scans record functional abnormalities. Sometimes a pet-mri is performed to localize areas of abnormal function. Your doc can discuss the details of the MRI report & their significance.
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