MRI or magnetic resonance imaging is an imaging test that uses magnetic and radio waves to produce images of organs inside the body. It can be used to the diagnose brain and spinal cord anomalies, tumors, cysts, breast cancer, heart problems, and endometriosis.

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What is my brain MRI showing?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an MRI of the brain and received the following finding: Questionable punctate area of altered signal gray-white matter interface left parietal lobe. What does that mean?  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Punctate areas could indicate many things like hemorrhage, chronic infarct, etc. Can you please mention a few things? What was the indication for MRI? In the report, they must have mentioned the area to be T2W hyperintense or hypointense, better if you can share a copy...  Read Full »

I am about to undergo a surgery for my hip injury. Kindly view my MRI and advice.

Query: Hello doctor, I had an injury before three years on my hip and I am now about to undergo a surgery due to issues with my discs that started when I injured my hip flexor. I just had an MRI today and would like a radiologist to view my images and send me a report on the findings.  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your MRI both hips show imaging following features, 1. Subchondral edema involving bilateral femoral heads extending up to bilateral femoral necks 2. No depression of head of femur or crescent sign seen in the present MRI 3. No displaced fracture is seen. 4. Visu...  Read Full »

Which is the best way to detect sports hernia?

Query: Hello doctor, In your opinion, what it the best of the three to detect a sports hernia? A dynamic ultrasound, A 3T MRI or CT scan?  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I think a 3T MRI scan will be the best modality to show a sports hernia as any small sprain or tear of the muscle can be seen best on MRI rather than USG or CT scan.  Read Full »

Is there a false lumen in the MRI of aorta?

Query: Hello doctor, I am taking an MRI of my aorta once a year to check for the development of dissections, aneurysms, and enlargement of my aortic root. This is because my family can have connective tissue disorder (not yet diagnosed). I just got back from my MRI, and doing this every year. I have a hab...  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am glad that you are an aware patient and getting yourself screened annually for aortic pathologies. The aortic origin, arch, and descending thoracic aorta show normal caliber lumen (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Abdominal aorta and its branches app...  Read Full »

Can I have a recurrence of myoepithelial carcinoma after three years of tumor extraction?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an extraction of two tumors of epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma with a prominent dedifferentiated (high-grade transformation) myoepithelial component extracted from my nasal cavity before three years. MRI scans were performed to look for recurrences. In my previous MRI, I had a p...  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please give your queries and concerns on pointwise. So that, I can answer them for you. I will point out the abnormalities present in the scan soon.  Read Full »

Why am I having right-sided muscle weakness?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 22 years old. I had right-sided muscle weakness. It started with hands and feet pins and needles. Then neck tension and back tension. Had a brain MRI done. I have had a CT scan of brain two years ago which showed an osteoma in sinonasal which I think I can see on the MRI. Currently, I...  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your MRI shows normal brain parenchyma (attachment remove to protect patient identity). No ischemic areas or focal lesions are seen. The MRI angiogram shows normal vascular anatomy. No focal narrowing or stenosis is seen. However, mild mucosal thickening is seen in bila...  Read Full »

Does one receive a higher RF exposure if they weigh more?

Query: Hello doctor, I was directed to you in the hopes you could answer a technical question for me regarding MRI soft tissue neck SAR limits and RF exposure. Does one receive a higher SAR limit and RF exposure if they weigh more? For example, if a patient weighs 225 lbs would his or her SAR limits and s...  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The SAR (specific absorption rate) is directly dependant on the patient's weight and would definitely be more for a 250 lb person than a 225 lb. The second issue is that radiation heat is more at the surface than the deeper layers of the tissue. So, to conclude, cha...  Read Full »

Please explain the MRI report for abdominal discomfort.

Query: Hi doctor, I need a detailed MRI review and report for my problem. Is that possible?  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sure, you can upload your scan with a proper history. Also, mention the areas of concern and re-evaluation regarding which aspect of the scan you want to know. That would ultimately benefit you. For more information consult a radiodiagnosis physician online --> h...  Read Full »

Why am I having scrotal pain, pelvic tissues deformation and gastric issues?

Query: Hello doctor, Since two years, I am having pelvic pain, scrotal pain (scrotal veins) and the penis has become visibly smaller. There is erectile dysfunction, loose skin above the penis and between scrotum and anus, diarrhea, mood swings, muscle spasm, joints issues, GERD, hormonal changes (level of...  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hi, Welcome to All your symptoms fit into changes concerned with the liver parenchymal disease with associated varices and enzyme deficiencies rather than rectal cancer. However, on observing your MRI (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I could deduce- There is no rec...  Read Full »

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