It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Multiple Sclerosis Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-25-2010, 04:45 AM   #1
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 7
Anymator2007 HB User
Red face What does my brain MRI mean?

What does my MRI results mean?
Ok I have been having a lot of neurological problems and just had my MRI and am unable to decipher it.
Here are some of the symptoms I've been having :I also should let you know that the MRI was without contrast .
I started having symptoms 3 years ago with sever burning in my legs along with muscle weakness. I literly had to sit while it was happening or I would fall.
I had no more symptoms till January, where I got the burning in the legs again and muscle weakness in which it had caused me to fall. Days later my right eye started to hurt upon moving it and my vision stated to go over a few days, I went to the eye doc and he diagnosed Optic Neuritis.
These are all my symptoms I have now:
-burning in legs along with muscle weakness
-tremors
-vision problems from ON
-headaches
-jumping/twitching nerves which make me itch
-pins and needles in the legs
-numbness on left foot
-fatigue
-ankle clonus
-over active reflexes
-major major cognitive problems I have to write everything down
-lower back pain
-dizzinesss when moving eyes back and forth

This is what the MRI says it is of my Brain and Thoracic spine

HISTORY: Optic Neuritis. Sensory level at umbilicus. Possible Demyelination

TECHNIQUE: T1, T2 density Imaging has been performed attention to the Thoracic spine. T1, T2, Flair, diffusion and gradient eco Imaging is performed of the brain.

FINDINGS: There are tiny nonspecific white matter focus seen in the subcortical white matter of the inferior left frontal lobe best seen on sagittal Imaging.
Measures a couple of millimetres and is nonspecific.
No other definite evidence of abnormal signal seen within white matter within the brain, brain stem or proximal cervical spinal cord.

Is no evidence of mass lesion or mass effect,hydrocephalus or acuye infraction or hemorrhage.

The alignment of the thoracic spine is normal. Vertebral body and disc space heights are well preserved. Is no evidence of disc herniation, spinal stenosis or forminal narrowing.
The spinal cord appears normal in signal on all pulse sequences. |Is noevidance of demyelinating disease. See no Evidence of mass lesion, syrinx or other thoracic spinal cord pathology.

Incidental note is made of 6 lumbar type vertebral bodies

INTERPRETATION: Tiny nonspecific focus increased signal white matter left frontal lobe. This is of questionable significance.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 02-25-2010, 05:45 AM   #2
Facilitator
(female)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 8,752
MSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB User
Re: What does my brain MRI mean?

Hi there. Sorry you are having these problems. Intesting that they sent you for a brain and Thoracic MRI and even more interesting that they didnt use contrast. Not being a doctor- I still question, what type of doctor sent you for this and why did they NOT use contrast? Im not seeing that they were ruling out MS here- the protocol wasnt specific enough. Apparently, they were looking for something else...any idea what?

The fact that your MRI says non-specific means they didnt find anything..your spine is normally aligned, meaning its not a spine issue that they can see. The brain MRI, which is what you asked about, appears to be normal-

Because we are all MSers here, we know what we see when they find MS lesions and things which point towards MS....your report isnt suggesting MS in any way...however, the fact that they didnt do it with contrast doesnt rule out anything. Also, many MS lesions show up in the cervical spine area. Which wasnt scanned....contrast, helps pick up tiny little lesions which dont, or cant, show up without it.

ON, is scary and often painful. Ive had it 3 times...in many cases, it is an indicator of MS; however my brother often gets ON and he is completely negative for MS- his is caused by something completely unrelated. There really isnt any way to know what brought your ON on, without more info...

Did a Neurologist order this? If so, he must have been looking for something not MS related....or he should have ordered the Cspine and the contrast....if it was a family doc who ordered it, you might want to take these results to a Neuro, along with your films or CD of pics, and have him look at them, for a second opinion. He might order additional tests or scans.

Im really sorry that I cant give you more info, but the good news is, there is nothing specific on here- nothing to freak out about...but I do realize that sometimes NOT knowing is worse then knowing. Keep us posted...and I hope your symtoms start going away soon.
Nikki
__________________
RRMS- dx 05

 
Old 02-25-2010, 06:07 AM   #3
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 7
Anymator2007 HB User
Re: What does my brain MRI mean?

Quote:
Originally Posted by MSNik View Post
Hi there. Sorry you are having these problems. Intesting that they sent you for a brain and Thoracic MRI and even more interesting that they didnt use contrast. Not being a doctor- I still question, what type of doctor sent you for this and why did they NOT use contrast? Im not seeing that they were ruling out MS here- the protocol wasnt specific enough. Apparently, they were looking for something else...any idea what?

The fact that your MRI says non-specific means they didnt find anything..your spine is normally aligned, meaning its not a spine issue that they can see. The brain MRI, which is what you asked about, appears to be normal-

Because we are all MSers here, we know what we see when they find MS lesions and things which point towards MS....your report isnt suggesting MS in any way...however, the fact that they didnt do it with contrast doesnt rule out anything. Also, many MS lesions show up in the cervical spine area. Which wasnt scanned....contrast, helps pick up tiny little lesions which dont, or cant, show up without it.

ON, is scary and often painful. Ive had it 3 times...in many cases, it is an indicator of MS; however my brother often gets ON and he is completely negative for MS- his is caused by something completely unrelated. There really isnt any way to know what brought your ON on, without more info...

Did a Neurologist order this? If so, he must have been looking for something not MS related....or he should have ordered the Cspine and the contrast....if it was a family doc who ordered it, you might want to take these results to a Neuro, along with your films or CD of pics, and have him look at them, for a second opinion. He might order additional tests or scans.

Im really sorry that I cant give you more info, but the good news is, there is nothing specific on here- nothing to freak out about...but I do realize that sometimes NOT knowing is worse then knowing. Keep us posted...and I hope your symtoms start going away soon.
Nikki
Thanks for your message. It was a neurologist that sent me for the MRI scan. The part that worry me is in the Interpretation which says Tiny nonspecific focus increased signal white matter of the left frontal lobe. This is of questionable significance.
I do not know why the nero did not do the contrast and I do not know what he was looking for but he did mention MS as I had ON and with having ON they have to rule out MS.
__________________
Come what may.....

 
Old 02-25-2010, 08:59 AM   #4
Facilitator
(female)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 8,752
MSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB UserMSNik HB User
Re: What does my brain MRI mean?

HI again, the fact that it said questionable signifacance means that it wasnt specific enough to know what it meant....and that could still be because there wasnt contrast ordered and because there wasnt a Cspine order. Tiny nonspecific focus increased signal white matter of the left frontal lobe is actually not a bad thing...the fact that its unspecific is still stating that its not screaming MS lesions! if it were specific, it would clearly state that the lesions were MS related, or that the size and shape and placement indicated MS...

It is concerning that a neurologist who was trying to rule out MS woudnt order the complete MS work-up MRIwise....you might want to question this doctor. Ask him how many MS patients he has, whether or not you should be refered to a MS specialist- and WHY he didnt order contrast and/or Cspine - since thats where lesions are usually found for MS (if they arent in the brain). IT is true that they can show up in the Thoracic area, but since yours appears clean, further studies are going to be necessary to rule out MS.

Hope you get some answers, but honestly, I wouldnt be stressing over this. Its not a horrible interpretation, it doesnt scream of anything at all- and unfortunately this means further testing for you...
feel better.
Nikki
__________________
RRMS- dx 05

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
What does it mean if a MRI shows you have spots on your Brain Donna527nj Brain & Nervous System Disorders 6 05-23-2010 11:52 AM
My ADHD type addprogrammer ADD / ADHD 11 05-01-2010 04:32 PM
My first visit to the Rheumy, what a doosie!!! Beccapooh Multiple Sclerosis 8 05-16-2008 06:55 PM
Alzheimer's and an Arrant Protein (What's the connection?) Sorry..Long gizmolove Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 31 03-28-2007 12:57 PM
a cry for help, but who knows what to do? sadaunt1130 Open to All Other Health Topics 5 03-26-2007 09:25 PM

Tags
mri results, multiple sclerosis, white matter.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



MSJayhawk (998), MSNik (525), Snoopy61 (58), J-one (13), Whimpurr (13), shahila (12), JodiH (11), MS22 (11), KingBaxter (10), LasVegasgirl (8)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1004), Apollo123 (903), Titchou (847), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (759), ladybud (754), sammy64 (668), midwest1 (668), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:10 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!