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Misread MRI report

JAMO316JJAMO316 Posts: 2
edited 12/23/2014 - 8:03 PM in Chronic Pain
I have had an unidentifiable pain for about a year now, I got an MRI on my lumbar and my sacrum. I got a copy to take home and the report came a week later. The report said only mild disk degeneration in the L5-S1.
But when I look at the MRI I can clearly see that the parts of the sacrum are twisted and parts do not look right. Is there any way to get a copy of a healthy looking sacral MRI that I could compare it with?


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 12/23/2014 - 8:03 PM
    If you feel you have been misdiagnosed you could discuss this again with your doctor and consider a second opinion. MRIs are very complex and are interpreted by an Mri technician.


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  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    I had an MRI done at one hospital but later decided I'd follow through with treatment at another hospital. Based on the reading of the first MRI of my neck I had a steroid inject at C7-T1. The injection did not help at all. When I dragged myself to the second injection my pain doc decided that we would not do the second one based on the lack of improvement from the first. The "resident" he had with him that day was a "fellow" and already had a professional career at a physical Therapist and then as a radiologist who specialize in reading MRIs. He could see from the original MRI that the report was wrong and I had received an epidural injection in the wrong disc based on misinformation. (No, I'm not discussing legal issues from that!)

    Anyway, I went back and had three new MRIs (Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar) and these all reread by a different Radiologist. In the light of the new readings and new scans my future doesn't look as bright BUT knowing what is wrong and having that addressed appropriately is much more helpful.
    I would definitely request that another radiologist look over your MRI. Most places will give you a copy of your MRI on a CD which a Radiologist can then review.

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    You need to be taken your time up with those doctors If you feel that your mri's have been misread you should be discussing this with another medical professional And perhaps a lawyer
    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
  • MRI's are interpreted differently by different doctors. That's why Neurosurgeons like to see the actual disc themselves and don't go by just the radiologists report. Do you have a medical background? MRI's are not easy to interpret, even with a medical background. I have three years of nursing school, and I switched my undergrad to pre-med (which I am now)....I would even have a hard time reading it myself. I would def leave it to the docs. I would get a copy of the disc and make an appointment with a neurosurgeon. He/she then can correctly read the MRI and guide you on what to do next....
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