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Title: Translation, PLEASE.... (MRI)
Post by: WantToKick on January 31, 2006, 07:46:54 PM
Here is the "unofficial" report on my MRI results, got it from my family doc...
"No obvious lligament or cartilige tears.  They talk about edema in the subcutaneous tissues and "mild intrasubstance signal, nonspecific."  I don't think any of that is obviously  surgical but I think, given your exam, that you should see someone in ortho."
I know it's not much to go on...  I really have two questions here: 
Question number one:
Why on earth would there be edema in the subcutaneous tissue???  My understanding is that that is the fatty layer just below the skin, before muscle or  joint capsule or any of that!!!  Shouldn't the fluid be INSIDE my knee?
Question number two:
What is a mild intrasubstance signal, nonspecific??? 
Title: Re: Translation, PLEASE.... (MRI)
Post by: blackbeltgirl on January 31, 2006, 09:03:37 PM
I'm no expert, but it sounds like a bruise.  Signal is the word they use when something looks abnormal,  but they didn't specify which tissue has the signal.  But at a guess, it's swelling, with a possible torn meniscus. 

In many cases, both of these issues could have been diagnosed by an OS with a physical exam, and an MRI MIGHT have been requested to confirm.  But MRIs consistently overdiagnose meniscus tears, so the physical exam is important.

Instead of getting worked up about the mri report, that came with minimal comments or explanation, make an appointment with an OS, and wait for a proper diagnosis.

Good luck-