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MissCris
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   Posted 2/1/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys, I have a quick question. Is it possible to see scar tissue on a brain MRI if they don't use contrast? I just had one done and they didn't use it. I know my dr only ordered it to shut me up so I just wonder if it was even any good. Anyone?
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uppitycats
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   Posted 2/1/2007 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Was it a "closed" MRI?  Those are usually more accurate than the "open" version -- in other words, were you fully enclosed by the MRI machine?

If there are lesions (which is what I'm assuming you mean by "scar tissue") there, they usually can be seen.  The "contrast" will make "active" lesions appear brighter; if you're in the middle of a relapse, or exacerbation, the lesions will appear brighter.

Sometimes, though, two different doctors, looking at the same MRI, will come up with differing views on what they're seeing, if the lesions are small, or not in areas typical for MS.  So not having lesions on an MRI does not necessarily mean you don't have...or have...MS.  A doctor has to take into account the clinical signs, symptoms, his experience, eliminating everything else that might be causing your symptoms, and then the results of the MRI, before making a diagnosis.


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MissCris
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   Posted 2/1/2007 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure what the difference is between the two types of MRIs since this was my first. My head was in a cage and my head was in the tunnel thing but the rest of my body was out. Normally I am on the Crohn's forum but I needed to ask and I figured this would be the place :) My mom has MS and I have a lot of the crappy twitchy things she has, plus my vertigo is getting worse and I want to know whats causing it. And as we all know once you have one autoimmune disease you are more likely to get more so...CD, psoriasis, and well see if MS will get added to the list. I know there is a lot that goes into getting a dx but I wanted to at least check that out and see if I can get started. It was like pulling teeth to get him to even acknowledge me...I'm not thrilled with drs these days. Anyway thanks for the info, hopefully I won't have to come back here :)
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Disfan74
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   Posted 2/23/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   

 

Hi, I just had my latest MRI and along with my first contrast MRI.  My neuro explained that the contrast hightlights the active leisions as well.  But I can still see the "scaring" on the regular MRI.  Mine was a closed MRI as well.


MSBLESSED
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   Posted 2/24/2007 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I've only had one MRI and it was just the head, so I guess that would be open right? Anyway, do you think a full body one would be beneficial? I've thought about this for a while and never bothered to ask my Nuero about it. I've got enough questions for him when I'm in there. Wouldn't the close MRI show the lesions on the spine? He never mentioned that at all. MRI's are expensive, so you know the Nuero's don't normally volunteer expensive procedures. FYI...The first MRI showed between 20-25 on my brain already. :-( Do I want to know? Maybe I should just leave well enough alone.

Disfan74
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   Posted 2/28/2007 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   

 

My very first MRI was no contrast and my whole body was in the tube but they only took pictures of the head and or spine to check for leisions or scaring.  It wasn't so bad.  Thank god I am not chlosterphobic! :-)

 

I believe all of my MRI's have been inside the tube.

I just wish they could do something about all the noise.  I usually will take foam earplugs with me.  I also will change into my most comfortable casual clothes and get comfy for the 1/2 hr. duration or more

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