What do white spots on the brain indicate on an MRI brain scan?

Nonspecific. Scattered white spots confined to the white matter of the brain are fairly common and not specific for a certain disease. White spots in a person less than 50 yrs. Old, however, are usually abnormal and may be seen with multiple sclerosis among many other entities. As one ages, these are more likely due to tiny arterial blockages and are fairly common in people over 70 yrs. Old.
Non-specific. Scattered white matter spots are non-specific they can be seen in patients with headaches, chronic small vessel ischemic disease, lyme's disease, and a demylinating type process.

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Hello I've had 2 MRI brain scans for white spots on my brain and the expert doctors here still don't know what it is I need answers now! I've even had?

Many possibilities. Sounds like you're referring to t2 white matter hyper intensities. The possible causes are numerous. Developing some small spots is really fairly normal as one ages, but the devil is in the details of your films, your history, and your exam. Your neurologist would be best one to determine what these may be, if they are concerning, and if they require further investigation. Read more...

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If the doctor said they found something and sent you for an MRI brain scan is it serious?

The question. Is too general to answer. Mri can add information about a large number issues in the skull and brain. Best to ask your doctor what the concerns are. Read more...
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What is the likely outcome of an MRI brain scan?

More information. Mri provides a great deal of information about the anatomy of the brain, lining of the skull, blood vessels, and surrounding bone/soft tissue structures. Read more...

Is it be weird if I asked my doctor for an MRI (brain scan) to see if there's anything wrong with my brain?

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Blood vessels. Most likely would be blood vessels. But that also depends on why you had the test in the first place. Usually in young people we don't see too many of these white or bright spots. As we get older they show up. Ask your doctor to explain the results on general. Read more...