I had an MRI of brain for tinnitus. Please explain the cause.

Q. I had an MRI of brain for tinnitus. Please explain the cause.

Answered by
Dr. Aida Abaz Quka
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 24, 2018 and last reviewed on: Sep 14, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am 50 years old. I had an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of my brain. The reason for MRI was tinnitus. I received my report. There are white matter foci of increased T2 intensity. It is related to a microvascular ischemic disease. I also had an MRI before five years. I did MRI because I was dizzy at that time. The result was a few small foci of increased signal intensity seen within the white matter which was nonspecific. These are nonspecific, and they reflect small vessel ischemic change.



Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. These MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) findings do not indicate any serious medical condition (attachment removed to protect patient identity). They could be related to small vessels with chronic changes, arterial hypertension or a migraine. There is no specific cause for these underlying findings. Do you suffer from a migraine or arterial hypertension? I would recommend taking a baby Aspirin (Acetylsalicylic acid with Dextrose) daily to stop the progression of these changes. A healthy lifestyle is also helpful.

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