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MRI: How long before I can assume "no news is good news?"

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Old 12-20-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
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Question MRI: How long before I can assume "no news is good news?"


Tuesday at 3PM, I had a brain MRI for the headaches, coordination/balance issues, lack of appetite, confusion, and memory issues I have been experiencing.

My quick question for the community is this: If the results point to something serious, how soon would I typically find out? Days? Weeks? The MRI center told me before I had the test done to wait for my neurologist appt. get my results. However, if it was something serious, wouldn't I find out sooner? And if so, how soon? Understandably, with the holidays it could take longer than usual.

It said right on the paperwork from the MRI office not to call them for results. My appointment with the neurologist is not until the 16th of January.

I just want to know how much time should usually pass before I can assume "no news is good news?"

Please advise.

Thank you!


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Old 01-12-2013, 06:50 AM   #2
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Re: MRI: How long before I can assume "no news is good news?"

Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far !

Anytime I have an MRI...if I have not heard anything by the end of the 3rd business day later (just Mon-Fri..i don't incl Saturdays)...I call the morning of the 4th day...the results have always been available. I've probably had a total of about 10 MRI's over the years.

I always get a copy of the results for myself..if only the paper's very useful to have in case of switching doctors & getting opinions

Hope I've been of some help!

Happy Healing!


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