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   Posted 7/24/2013 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello! Just had a question about MRIs. I had a brain and cervical MRI but when it came time to insert the contrast, they couldn't get it in my vein. (I'm a pain to stick). The room was so cold, I was shivering badly, and they had stuck me a few times... so the techs called the dr and asked if they could just finish without.

My question is - I have a clear MRI. I have a lot of neuro symptoms and am in the beginning of my diagnosis journey, but I wonder ... how important is that contrast when looking for lesions, etc?

Thanks all!

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   Posted 7/26/2013 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had an mri done without contrast as well, and if it shows nothing then your doctor might order up another mri with contrast and then possibly a spinal tap. My doc suspects ms, so I' m going thru the testing right now. Many wel wishes ...others will probably come by soon...this is a good forum for support...
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   Posted 7/27/2013 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
From what I understand, contrast identifies "active" lesions--ones that are currently experiencing inflammation. Non-contrast MRIs will still show all lesions but won't identify if any are active or not.
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