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Old 05-28-2007, 11:32 PM
jodel99 jodel99 is offline
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Question What are the differences btw a Contrasting MRI and a Reg MRI

My doctor and I have discussed and agreed that my 10 month old should have a MRI but we are not sure whether a regular MRI will suffice or if a contrasting MRI will be needed. Johanna has a venous malformation(VM) on her right cheek. When we look into her mouth we see that the malformation extends upto her palate and to the back of the palate. We want to rule an AVM. Can someone tell me why one should be used and not the other?

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Old 05-29-2007, 04:50 AM
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When my daughter had her MRI done last month, they did it with and without contrast. She was 7 months old at the time. The reason they did it was because you can often see things more clearly with the contrast. In case they didn't tell you, they will have to sedate her. Although sedation didn't work on Danni and they actually had to put her completely out. I was really worried knowing it had to be done. But after it was all over, I knew we had done the best thing for her. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:11 AM
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An MRI with Contrast makes the vessels (Veins and Arteries) stand out more, they become brighter on the film when the contrast is in them. Without the contrast I think it's a bit harder to distinguish.

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Old 05-31-2007, 09:24 PM
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Thumbs up Thanks to everyone here!

I was able to talk to the scheduling person for my doctor and she has arranged for Johanna to get the contrasting and non contrasting MRI. Thank goodness. Sometimes it seems like its an uphill battle. You guys are great and have alot of knowledge. THanks for sharing it with me.
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:42 AM
KristieinStMarysGA KristieinStMarysGA is offline
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Great news!!

I had my MRI/MRA today, and it lasted nearly 3 hours. Needed to switch machines mid-way through as they wanted me in the "newer" one.

What a long day......
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:50 AM
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When do you get the results??

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Old 06-22-2007, 06:05 PM
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Default We finished the MRI

Hey Everyone!

Yesterday the doctor called to let me know that he couldn't or better yet he didn't know how to interpret the MRI Report. He said that Johanna needs to see a specialist. I knew that already. Anyway, the only good thing he said was that the VM did not involve her eye. It went right on her cheek but not up her eye. I am picking up the results and was hoping that you guys could help me decipher what some of the lingo means. I REALLY NEED HELP! The doctor wants me to go to Harvard in Boston. I have an appointment to see Dr. Waner on Tuesday. I am not sure what to do. I appreciate any advice. Thanks for all your help!

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Old 06-22-2007, 06:41 PM
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Well, what lingo are you having trouble with? We might could help out.

If you have an appointment to see Dr. Waner on Tuesday, then that's who I would see. Boston Children's has a TON of fabulous doctors and I know Dr. Waner does or has worked with most of those that have vascular birthmark experience. But since you already have an appointment....

Missy
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Old 06-23-2007, 03:23 AM
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Default Here's the lingo

Missy, Thanks for responding! The lingo I am looking at in the MRI report says the the lesion (VM) extends to the infratemporal fossa with suggestion of extension into the pterygopalatine fossa. The report also says that the lesion involves the masticator space and it extends to the oral cavity. Ok. Please help me. I am trying not to panic but I looked up some of the lingo and wasn't getting a good feeling from the info. HELP!
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Old 06-23-2007, 01:00 PM
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I *think* it's describing the boundaries of the lesion. Those terms are simply areas of the mouth... possibly the lower jaw!

LOL Don't panic.... it's just the text description!

Missy
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