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MRI Reports - Why we cant advise and what the doctors say

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,525
edited 03/07/2014 - 11:24 AM in Spine-Health Announcements
this holds true not only for mri reports but any other diagnostic test that your doctor or team of doctors performed on you.
there are no medical professionals on this site that are qualified to accurately interpret any of those diagnostic tests. that should be done only by your doctor and not even the technician who may have run the test.

there could be many members on this site that have been through so many of these tests that they are pretty accurate, but you dont want to hold your life in the hands of a non-professional.

take a look at this analogy. think if it in terms of reading any diagnostic report. the actual images that come back are much harder

the problem
you have a 5 year old car that has been giving some trouble recently. your brought it down to the local service center for
them to run diagnostic tests.

the report comes back

mild - ok, so there is a problem, but i think it can be fixed by adding some fuel cleaner and changing the engine oil. easy thing to do, will not cost much. however, if you ignore it, down the line, this mild problem could
developed into a bigger problem.

moderate - yes, we found a few parts that definitely show signs of wear and tear. i think if we bring it in to the shop, we should be able to do sum tune up therapy, and will probably have to add some engine and transmission medications. if you dont do this, i can almost be sure that this will deteriorate further. maybe not in a few months, but down the line. know do you want to be driving at night in a snow blizzard in a town you do not know. all of
a sudden your car stops dead in its tracks, wont start or anything. here is where you hit yourself in the head and say
i should have listened, i should have taken care of it back then

severe - this is not good. i dont think any band aid approach is going to solve the problem.
sure, you can continue driving, but i am afraid if you do, you might have some permanent damage. i suggest that we remove the engine and see if we can rebuild it, if not, we are going to have to do a total replacement

when it comes to cars, i think most people can see the picture... well, its really not that different when it comes to diagnostic tests.

the degree of severity as outlined above, is the same when it comes to mri readings. just look at those words and relate them to your situation.

now here is the formal medical answer

understanding mris
10 tips to understanding your spine mri, xray and other tests

Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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