Not_A_Radiologist
How to read a knee MRI? 5/15/2007 7:19PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Any radiologists here?, I want to read my own MRI and see exactly what the radiologist saw when he inspected my MRI. The report said grade I chrondomalacia.
seriously ...
RE: How to read a knee MRI? 5/15/2007 7:33PM - in reply to Not_A_Radiologist Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
people go to med school for a reason. they will have to point out what specifically they saw and can explain that in full detail. noone will be able to teach you (very well at least) what to look for over letsrun.
not a brain surgeon
RE: How to read a knee MRI? 5/15/2007 7:35PM - in reply to Not_A_Radiologist Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Any neurosurgeons on board here, as I want to do my own brain surgery. I had an MRI performed which suggested I have lesion and need surgery, but I don't trust my neurosurgeon.

If you want to learn how to interpret your own MRI why don't you just go to medical school and then do a radiology residency.
canadian radio
RE: How to read a knee MRI? 5/15/2007 7:40PM - in reply to not a brain surgeon Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
depends on what type of image was used. T1 or t2.

you got an mri for knee pain? sick. takes months in canada for a serious problem.

you need to strengthen your quads. str8 legs raises with weight, lay flat on back and bend other knee.
dd
RE: How to read a knee MRI? 5/15/2007 7:41PM - in reply to Not_A_Radiologist Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Radiology is a pretty specific thing that you can't just pick up on the fly. MRI's are some of the more complicated ones as well- one knee will have scores, if not over 100 images. Different computer techniques to suppress fat in some views, enhance any inflamation, look at soft tissues vs bone- you can't just say- "oh, there it is." It's a 4 year residency after 4 years of medical school and a transitional intern year in between (so they know what actually is done outside of a dark room)- and then most do a fellowship specializing in one modality or section of the body. How about you trust the radiologist, or barring that, getting a second opinion? (a non letsrun one)
Not_A_Radiologist
RE: How to read a knee MRI? 5/15/2007 7:43PM - in reply to canadian radio Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

canadian radio wrote:

you got an mri for knee pain? sick. takes months in canada for a serious problem.

you need to strengthen your quads. str8 legs raises with weight, lay flat on back and bend other knee.


Funny, it was in Canada and yes it did take months.. and then I gave up and ended up paying for it out of pocket.
Not_A_Radiologist
RE: How to read a knee MRI? 5/15/2007 7:44PM - in reply to not a brain surgeon Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

not a brain surgeon wrote:
If you want to learn how to interpret your own MRI why don't you just go to medical school and then do a radiology residency.


Dude, it can't be that hard. Just give me a few well illustrated and annotated reference images.
Skinny Bastard
RE: How to read a knee MRI? 5/15/2007 8:20PM - in reply to Not_A_Radiologist Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
For what it's worth, I had an MRI a couple of years ago for a tendon injury. The radiologist reported mild grade one chrondomalacia on part of the patella. I freaked when I read that but the doc and PT assured me that grade I wasn't a big deal. Frankly it hasn't been a problem and I've been running fine since the tendon injury cleared up. I'd completely forgotten about the chrondomalacia until I read your post.
canadian radio
RE: How to read a knee MRI? 5/15/2007 9:10PM - in reply to Not_A_Radiologist Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
dude. post this on tnf or trackie and i will send you a private message...
Not_A_Radiologist
RE: How to read a knee MRI? 5/15/2007 9:21PM - in reply to canadian radio Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

canadian radio wrote:
dude. post this on tnf or trackie and i will send you a private message...

e-mail me: ed@suboptical.com
Doctor Truth
RE: How to read a knee MRI? 5/15/2007 9:45PM - in reply to Not_A_Radiologist Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Not_A_Radiologist wrote:

Any radiologists here?, I want to read my own MRI and see exactly what the radiologist saw when he inspected my MRI. The report said grade I chrondomalacia.

I'm not a radiologist either, but while reading the actual MRI requires a lot of training, reading and understanding the printed MRI report requires little more than google, at least most of the time. Grade I articular cartilage damage is the least severe, and the most likely to heal/not progress:

http://www.eorthopod.com/public/patient_education/6509/articular_cartilage_problems_of_the_knee.html