Patient Comments: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI Scan) - Diagnosis

Question:Please describe how magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan) has helped in your diagnosis.

Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 05

I suffered a stroke due to a bleed in my left temporal lobe resulting in temporary loss of expressive language and a seizure. A CAT scan was negative, my speech returned the next day and I was released home. My cardiologist referred me to another neurologist who had an MRI done. He found a life-long cavernous malformation in the left temporal lobe which had collapsed and bled. The CAT scan had not found this tumor given the limitations of this test. The malformation was removed surgically and I am no longer in danger of further harm as it would have regrown and potentially caused significant damage. Thank goodness for that second opinion and an MRI.

Comment from: Take My Pain Away, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 07

I was in a bike accident brought to the trauma unit. They gave me ex-rays, MRIs and CAT scans and when all was said and done, they told me I was very lucky nothing was broken. Three weeks later my doctor ordered another MRI and found nothing. Four weeks later I got another MRI and this time with contrast they found 5 broken ribs, fractured scapula, torn rotor cuff (these were 3 separate MRIs)! So as far as I'm concerned they are not foolproof.

Comment from: loving life, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

Postpartum, I encountered body numbness without the ability to move my entire left side except my face. They sent me to see a neurologist first. That doctor said I am sure it is nothing, but let's do a MRI. Through this, I was diagnosed with a very large arterial venous malformation in my brain that was inoperable related to its location. This would never have been diagnosed without a MRI, and I probably wouldn't be here today to tell you.

Comment from: mojomojo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 25

My daughter 14 is constantly having joint pains and no diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis yet but wanted to see how other kids learned about theirs and their symptoms.

Comment from: cheryl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

Having the MRI done showed just how much damage has been done to my back whereas the x-rays only showed a fraction of the damage. It was a rather scary experience even though I thought I was not claustrophobic, but this was a minor hiccup.

Comment from: ANEL, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) yesterday for mid-back pain. I went through it with no problems, later that evening I was and still am experiencing pain in right hand, thigh, back, and I can hardly walk. I have no other health problems. I did start taking Boniva, wondering if that might have something to do with the pain I am having.

Comment from: bev, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 14

My mother fell and was x-rayed - negative. She came home but continued to experience pain while walking. A week later, was x-rayed again - negative. A cat scan was negative. The MRI showed hairline fractures of the pelvis and hip. A small plate with a pin was put in place to provide stability to the pelvic bone with great results.

Comment from: A. Abid, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 30

I had headache for almost three years and doctors would say you have migraine, ENT problem or pain due to stress and prescribed all type of pain killers and medicines. I was tired of this problem, myself I went to a hospital and done MRI. The report showed a big tumor in brain and advice immediate surgery. Micro surgery was done in 2004 after one more MRI followed by Gama Knife treatment. It was MRI only, from which doctor came to know about real problem. Thanks to the pioneer of MRI system.

Comment from: prissy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I have had a headache every day for a year. I thought it was stress. Then my doctor ordered an MRI. I had a ruptured disc at c4-c5. It was pinching my spinal cord in half its size. I had to have a bone fusion and instrumental. The headaches went away, but I still can't do certain things, like holding my head down while I read or keep my head turned to the side for long. Now I have DDD in my lower back and am getting ready to have more tests done for that area. MRIs are great! I think anyone having pain should have to get one!

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