A small PS to my post. After the previous MRI this Neuro said I had 3 small strokes in the area of the vision center ( that one was about 1 year earlier). I see nothing in this head MRI about strokes.
In your report of the imaging of the head it says "CT of the head." Is this correct or was it an MRI? Big difference because CTs are useless for visualizing MS lesions. I await your answer.
Your head imaging is a CT, not an MRI, and the report really doesn't say much. Do you have an earache on the right side at all?
As for the knees, your tendons and ligaments appear to be in good shape. You have some fraying of meniscus, and a possible tear in the medial meniscus in the left knee. It looks like you have cartilage thinning, especially on the weight bearing areas, and a possible loose body above your patella.
Chondromalacia is when the cartilage starts to break down, and not be as good of a cushion in your knees. Mild is grade 1; my knees contain grades 3 and 4, as well as a large chondral defect.
Small Baker's cysts usually cause no problems.
I'm no expert, just someone with really bad knees that has read a lot of MRI reports and looked at a lot of my own MRIs. I'm 12 years younger than you and have a lot more damage in my knees, and I'm not doing too badly. My main problem is that my Anterior Cruciate Ligament that I've had repaired twice in my left knee is becoming thinner and looser, so my damaged areas are grinding together more and hurting more.
Of course, you really need your doctor to explain all this to you, and explain the parts that I missed or possibly misunderstood; like I said, I'm no expert.
I'm just someone that understands knee damage and how hard it is to wait to hear from the doctor what their impression is.
I'm sure someone with more knowledge will come along, but I would think that a head CT would be more to look for signs of stroke or tumors, not MS. I remember reading that CT is not good for imaging MS lesions; that MRI is the way to obtain the clearest picture.
If you haven't had a brain MRI in the past year, I think it would be time to get one!
You take good care of yourself, please!
I was still writing while Quix posted. See, I told yo that someone with more knowlege will come along!
I don't understand why it says it was a CT. When I was at the hospital today the heading in their database said it was a head MRI. I also think I remember them giving me an IV for contrast which this report also said was without contrast. But them my memory and time relationships tend to be not that great.
I did post a picture of that one white spot I noticed in my pictures area. I also noticed that the left and right side of my brain don't seem to very symetrical as I always thought they should be.
There are a few things in the report that I don't understand.
Mild mucosal thickening is identified within the right posterior ethmoid air cells
What does this mean?
Mild cerebral cortical atrophy
Is this waht you meant before about a lision?
A small amount of fluid signal is identified within
the right middle ear and right mastoid air cells
About 2 months after the report was read by my neurologist I had to go to an ENT doctor due to severe ear ache. A good indication how bad this one was.
On the knee MRI
Differential does include a small
amount of periarticular fat insinuating into this region
What does this mean?
Forget what I said about the head MRI/CT. I just looked at the report again and noticed that they gave me the CT from when I had the ear ache instead of the MRI I requested.