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MRI Disc

I have my MRI disc, can I see the images on my computer at home? I want to see what I saw at the surgeons office, a nd was wondering if a special program was used, Thanks!


  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    I was able to put my disc into my laptop & saw the images. The only problem was, I had no idea what I was looking at!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    not many here have a clue.
    We could have looked at scores of MRIs and still not really understand them.
    I have a whole book and about 30 gig worth of my X-Rays and MRIs (always get copies).
    I look at them and look at them .... and still cant really see anything..

    Now. once a doctor points out a problem on a MRI, aha, it all makes sense.

    Thats why its better leaving the ready of MRI's to doctors and not us.

    Reminds me of one member, who talked about being able to read MRIs and give a detailed analysis. Of course that is a forum violation, but this is going back to the early 2007's Someone took him up on their offer to read... So, they provided this person with a MRI of what appeared to be the spine. The person claiming to understand MRIs then went on to tell us what the problem was, which discs where bad, where a nerve was impacted, etc. Thing is , the person giving him the MRI image played a trick, it was a MRI of a dog, not a human!

    I dont like games and would never allow someone to do something like that. But it illustrated a point many years ago which still holds true. Leave the analysis of any diagnostic test in the hands of a professional.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • There is software installed on the disc to view the images but as Ron has stated, reading an MRI or studying the images often results in seeing things that you think may be problems but really aren't. Plus you have to know what images you are looking at/for, and unless you really know anything about the levels and how to determine from the scout images what levels you are looking for, , you can and often will find yourself looking at the wrong levels. The other issue is that you may see things that aren't problems on the images but because you believe it doesn't look "right", you can get yourself all worked up over what may not be a problem.
    I , like Ron have collections of MRI's, CT scans, xrays, etc, and I know what I am looking at, after all of these years but I still wait to see my doctors to go over them with them and discuss what's there......
    We all know that it's hard waiting for answers, but it really is in your best interest to wait and see your doctor.
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    edited 12/20/2014 - 7:46 AM
    Ron, that is very funny!
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