This is my brain (Sagittal view):
This is my brain with white spots (3-plane loc view – whatever that means):
This shows the larger white spot (I think) on the right side of my brain (Axial Flair view):
I still don’t know if I am reading these things correctly, but I find it fascinating and want to learn more. I was trying to find photos of “normal” brains to compare mine against. My husband had an MRI two year ago and I thought it would be neat to compare what’s in our noggins, but his was on film, not CD (not sure why since they were doing CDs back then.) So, I searched around and found a site that explains Brain Anatomy. The pictures aren’t a one-to-one comparison, but it was interesting to see what the different parts of the brain are called.
Even with that, it only helped me understand the MRI report a little better. (Lisa’s comments a little while ago were more useful. Here are excerpts from the ’08 MRI report:
- Discrete high signal intensity lesion in the right peritrigonal white matter measuring approx 1.7cm
- Several discrete high signal intensity lesions specifically in the left frontal periventricular white matter, right frontal subcortical white matter, left parietal centrum semiovale and subtle high signal foci in the left frontal and right posterior parietal periventricular white matter.
If anyone can explain this in plain English or point me to a place that does, I’d greatly appreciate it! Next time I am at the neuro’s office I’m tempted to ask him to pull up the images in the CD. It’s kind of like looking at a baby’s ultrasound picture and having a nurse say, “oh, those are the kidneys” and you are staring at it and having no clue what you are looking at. At least then they have the image up and you are right there and they can point things out. Eventually you notice something that looks familiar, like an arm or a foot and it is so cool. Now I can look at other people’s ultrasound pictures and be able to recognize things. I’d like to get to that point with understanding brain MRIs and it doesn’t seem like you should have to go to med school to know what you are looking at in a picture. I want to understand what’s going on inside of my head. The MRI report was obviously written for a doctor, not a patient. They should provide plain-English details for the patient, too. Hopefully the doctor will take the time to show me some of this at the next visit.
Oh, the report does mention that this could be something else, but the Lyme test I had came back negative. So much for getting to blame this all on a tick!