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False negative MRI?

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  • Posted By: Nadine Davis
  • March 14, 2011
  • 02:25 PM

Can an MRI miss brain tumors, cysts in the brain, etc.?

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  • Can an MRI miss brain tumors, cysts in the brain, etc.?Not to my knowledge. However, there can be human error on reading an MRI. My husband had his MRI read (24 yrs. ago) for his initial diagnosis of MS, on the first reading he was told all was normal. Another Nuerologist took a closer look at it and told him he saw some very small areas of plaque that would indicate he had MS. Therefore, sometimes human error still exists in reading tests. Also, another factor needs to be considered is did you have a "no contrast MRI?" If so than sometimes not all things seem to pop up enough to be seen. "A contrast MRI" makes it easier to see all the smaller areas of the brain. I hope that what I have said may have given some answer to your question. I worked in the Medical Field for 30 yrs. and I am just telling you what I have seen/know from my experience in the field. I have been retired for 4 yrs. so some things may have changed by now. You can always can the Radiologist where you had the MRI taken and possibly ask a few questions too (I hope they still do that). Best of Luck.
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