Re: MRI Results Questionable- help
Welcome to the board.
I could swear I replied to you earlier in the day...but it isn't here...so will give you an abbreviated version.
Pebble Beach covered the first point. The second point indicates there is an issue that may need to be explored further.
[B]2. Questionable increased signal in the ventricle aspect of the cord from T5 to T7. I cannot be certain if this is real or related to CSF flow artifact. Detailed MRI imaging of this area pre and post contrast is advised.[/B]
Simply put, the reporter is suggesting that there is a finding between T5 to T7 that may need to be examined further. What the reporter saw was not clear enough to determine what, if anything was going on, but suggested that there may be increased signal in the ventral aspect of the central cord at this level. He/she is not sure if there is actually something there or if the increased signal is being caused by or is related to increased cerebral spinal fluid flow. (this can be a sign of spinal stenosis) The radiologist suggests that you might want to have a detailed MRI of this specific area both with and without contrast. (Contrast just means that a type of dye is injected into the arm during the MRI which allows certain things to be better differentiated.)
This would be something to talk about with the doctor who is treating you. Apparently this would be the one who told you everything was fine...so he must not feel this is important, or, he didn't read the radiology report and only looked at the images and didn't notice....