Got this in the mail today. Despite normally being pretty good for a non-science, non-health industry person, there's a number of phrases that just don't parse for me. Good thing I have a followup appointment tomorrow with my internist.
MRI Brain done 3-6-10
Findings: Two punctate foci of abnormal FLAIR signal involves the subcortical right orbital frontal gyrus, unchanged compared with prior examination. There is sparing of the posterior fossa and brainstem. Brain volume, morphology, ventricles, and basal cistern are otherwise normal. No evidence for abnormal gradient echo signal or restricted diffusion. Sagittal midline structures structures appear otherwise normal. Motion artifact is somewhat limiting however on this sequence.
Post contrast sequences demonstrate no evidence for abnormal enhancement.
Impressions: Stable foci of abnormal T2 signal within the right frontal lobe. Differential consderations would include sequelae of migraine headaches, remote trauma, or early microvascular disease changes. These do not have a classic appearance for multiple sclerosis.
Findings: There are no significant stenoses or vascular malformations. There is a small outpouching inferiorly from the terminal segment of the right internal carotid artery measuring approximately 2mm.
Impression: Possible 2 mm inferiorly projecting aneurysm from the inferior right terminal segment of the internal carotid artery. No other significant stenoses or vascular malformations.
Well, I guess now I understand why my internist had a little trouble on the phone deciphering some parts of the report. :-) Try reading some of the weirder sentences aloud; doesn't it make you wonder how the heck the radiologist was able to spit out those phrases as he dictated it? They're totally tongue twisters!
I'm mostly happy when there's nothing scary in a test result, especially when they're looking at my brain.
But I still feel like the left side of my face, including teeth and part of my tongue have been numbed with novocaine that's only partially worn off. And I'd really love to know why (as long as it comes with a simple treatment plan).
I was watching the TV show Mystery Diagnosis today, and actually felt mildly jealous that those women's mysteries had been solved. (The episode included two different women with different, unrelated medical conditions.)
Not that it worked out so well for them. One woman had to quit her job as a special-ed teacher to keep her condition from flaring and potentially killing her. The other woman had a brain tumor removed, but she still has numbness and prickling on the entire left side of her body due to the nerve damage caused by the tumor.
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