Finally had an MRI but WITHOUT contrast

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Finally had an MRI but WITHOUT contrast

Post by mrsjitters » Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:53 pm

Can an MRI without contrast diagnose MS just as good as one with contrast? I had like a billion symptoms before my pregnancy so there should be some very visible lesions, right? Oh god, I wish I could just cure this thing!

Forgot to add, I'm still waiting for my results!

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Post by jimmylegs » Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:42 am

i'm surprised they did one without contrast at the dx stage of things. but i'm no mri tech so who am i to say..

may i ask, what were your symptoms before pregnancy?
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Post by mrsjitters » Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:57 pm

jimmylegs wrote:i'm surprised they did one without contrast at the dx stage of things. but i'm no mri tech so who am i to say..

may i ask, what were your symptoms before pregnancy?
Hmm where to start.. complete loss of sensation from my waist up(it came & went), white spots in vision, sensitivity to light, dizziness,shaking hands, shaking legs when walking down the stairs, burning sensation on right leg and foot,weak bladder muscles, foggy mind. I'm sure there were more but I just can't remember right now. I wouldn't be surprised if I'm told I have MS. If they say nothings wrong with me I'd only be frustrated. Most of these symptoms went away when I got pregnant. The ones that didn't just eased up.

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Re: Finally had an MRI but WITHOUT contrast

Post by NHE » Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:26 pm

mrsjitters wrote:Can an MRI without contrast diagnose MS just as good as one with contrast? I had like a billion symptoms before my pregnancy so there should be some very visible lesions, right?
The MRI without contrast will still show the presence of lesions. The contrast agent shows active lesions, i.e., those where there is active inflammation where the white cells are crossing the blood brain barrier and making it leaky to the contrast agent.

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Post by kirsty23 » Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:02 am

What does without contrast mean??

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Post by jimmylegs » Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:54 am

with contrast is 'gadolinium enhanced' - they inject you with gd and it helps them see things better. without contrast is without gadolinium.
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ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
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Post by kirsty23 » Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:50 pm

I've had two MRI scans, I wasn't injected for either and I've been diagnosed wiv ms

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