Also I should clarify that the MRI was done at a MTF(military treatment facility). My husband said unless you have a large tumor jumping out they are liable to miss anything else since they are read so quickly. My reading was completed within 30 minutes of being the MRI being done. This time I am NOT using the military but have sought a neurologist int he private sector.
Hi - It's hard to say why the radiologist decided against the contrast MRI. One possibility is that he/she looked at the non-contrast study first. If he didn't find any demyelinating lesions without contrast there would be no reason to do the contrast study.
All lesions will show up without contrast. the contrast highlights lesions that are new/active at the moment. If none of the previously existing lesions are new/active the contrast study will look just like the non-contrast study.
Keep us posted.
Thanks, I guess I would have just felt better with the whole work up. lol I still have to see my neuro in 3 weeks and have my spine evaluated. I just hate feeling like this all the time..And the bright focal in my deep white matter is still a mystery.
I think the bright spot might be called UFO oh thats not it, lol UBO (unidentified bright object) these can happen with MRI's and its not unusual for someone without any issues to have at least one lesion from things like mono etc. A "periventricualr deep white matter" lesion is, in the known MS location but it wouldn't really account for your sx. Mapping lesions isn't an exact science but clinical signs will indicate the likely area(s) of the lesion or damage.
I've learnt over the years that its important for the MRI to be done using MS protocol, which off the top of my head are 3mm slices, with and with out contrast and preferably on a 3T MRI but a 1.5T with new software can apparently be just as good, though pre-software upgrades stats, say a 3T will pick up approx 25% more than a 1.5T. You can learn more about dx MS, MS mimics, MRI's etc in our health pages, which you might like to have a look at.