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Old 06-09-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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Re: Thoracic - focal bulges - uncertain clinical significance

A MRI is one piece of the diagnostic puzzle. The doctor correlates the images of the MRI with what he finds upon physical examination, a basic neurologic exam, and listening carefully to the person's history, symptoms and complaints. Some images look like something is very serious, when in reality it causes no pain for the patient. Conversely something that looks OK on MRI can turn out to be causing a great deal of pain.

The writer is stating that it is not apparent if these results have any particular significance to what brought you in for the MRI in the first place...whether it is relevant to your complaints, symptoms, etc. The writer is indicating to the examining doctor that something is not quite normal, but it will be up to the examining doctor to determine if it is meaningful, or not. Then the writer tells the doctor which images to pay particular attention to....