MRI Cervical/Thoracic This AM - Thoughts?

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   Posted 11/13/2007 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Had my cervical/thoracic MRI this AM. It was ordered "with contrast", however the tech said they may not need the contrast. I said "I thought the contrast made lesions brighter and more noticeable"? She said, "well, if the radiologist feels he has enough info to make a diagnosis, we won't need the contrast". We DID NOT need the contrast. So, this tells me they found lesions? What do you guys think? I have to wait two days and give them a call for results. The tech is also aware that I have spine (deg disk disease). This was a VERY long MRI - I was almost at my wits end, I was hurting all over the place and I squeezed the ball and asked her how much more longer. She said we are done. I spent 1.5 hrs in that tube, uuuugggggh! My neuro appt isn't until 12/5.
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   Posted 11/13/2007 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi spankyandrex,
    Thats a long time in the tube, and I'm sorry you were so uncomfortable in there sad 30 to 45 minutes per section is pretty standard from what I've seen, and you had two sections done.  Contrast is as you thought to light up whatever is there making it easier to see.    Seems odd to not to use the contrast if he saw lesions though as the contrast can help determine whether they are active or not and I would think the doc would want to know that.  Try to hang in there and keep us informed.
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