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Title: MRI question
Post by: Sarahjaye on February 11, 2015, 12:45:18 PM
I had a private MRI done last week and they gave me a cd of the images. I did what a lot of people do apparently and tried to Dr. Google my own diagnosis. I could see the bone bruise my Orthopedic surgeon thought I had very easily (its bright white). Then I looked at my ACL and PCL. Based on my limited understanding it looks like my ACL is much larger than it should be. It is at least 3 times the width of my PCL and appears "flat" and is not the same solid black color that my PCL is. What does that mean? Is there a tear in my ACL or is it just swollen? I have a follow up appointment in another week but I was just curious if anyone here had any ideas? Thank you!
Title: Re: MRI question
Post by: vickster on February 11, 2015, 01:00:00 PM
Reading MRI is a very specialist task, hence done by a radiologist with years of training. Easy to either misread f a false positive or miss something for a false negative. I'd wait until you see the specialist and the report :)

In the meantime, rest up, ice and elevate :)
Title: Re: MRI question
Post by: K9Sport on February 12, 2015, 12:05:39 AM
The ACL is usually larger and lighter (whiter) than the PCL on the MRI.  Don't worry until your Doctor says to worry :)
Title: Re: MRI question
Post by: MDAL on February 12, 2015, 05:17:07 PM
I know the feeling... My MRI images deserve a public apology for all the use and abuse I inflicted on them... I tore them apart, scanned back and forth, removed images, processed them in several image editing software, played with contrast, luminosity, sharpness. And yes googled the hell out of everything...

But in the end, even trained specialists have only a cloudy image of what's going on inside the joint from an MRI and the proof is that most surgeries reveal things that the MRI didn't show...

So by all means keep playing with the MRI because it's fun... but in the end, let your surgeon make the final analysis. Did they give you a report as well with the interpretations made by the radiologist? Or just the CD with the images?

Title: Re: MRI question
Post by: Sarahjaye on February 13, 2015, 01:03:24 PM
Thanks everyone for your feedback and advice, it is very much appreciated! MDAL-yes, the images are pretty fun to play around with, it's so hard not to try and interpret them lol! The clinic forwarded the report directly to my orthopedic surgeon so I haven't read it yet (but I'd just be googling all of the technical terms there too). I had a nasty slip on the ice yesterday so my knee is in a wee bit of pain since then. I figure I only have another 4 days to the appointment so there's no need to go back and hang out in the local ER for the better part of 4 hours just to get more pain medication. I was shocked how I had absolutely no control over my tibia shooting out forward when I slipped, only stopping when my leg was fully extended against my kneecap. Something is wrong inside of there, just what exactly though... I'll let you all know once I get a final diagnosis, fingers crossed. Thanks again
Title: Re: MRI question
Post by: Sarahjaye on February 19, 2015, 01:47:27 PM
Update! Good news-sort of?! I have not torn my PCL, ACL or my meniscus! Yay! I have, however, cracked my patella, straight down the middle, with just the smallest bit of bone holding the two halves together and broken some of my articular cartilage. My orthopedic surgeon said I can return to activity (running) but I've given myself arthritis in that knee. I'm so grateful not to need surgery and I understand to resume my activity level I will likely need a OA brace. The crack looks to be healing up just fine although it is still tender to touch and I still have a bruise 6 weeks out. Thank you all so much for your advice and support-especially YOU VICKSTER! Thank you!
Title: Re: MRI question
Post by: vickster on February 19, 2015, 02:06:40 PM
Good news, just take it easy and get a physio programme sorted if you can :)
Title: Re: MRI question
Post by: TheEbae on February 19, 2015, 03:43:17 PM
Completely agree with MDAL that even the specialists only have a cloudy view of what is going on! Even though MRIs are a great tool, they can never be 100% accurate. I am so curious to see what is different in my arthroscopy on Tuesday.

Good luck, and I am so glad that you don't have any tears and that you won't need surgery! :)