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Is it possible for an MRI not to see a tear in the meniscus?
« on: October 22, 2005, 01:01:28 AM »
i was just seen bye my person doctor because i am having pain in ,poppin,and cracking in my knee. i had fallen down in april at a supermarket,  :P...yes i have an attorney :'(
anyways they did an mri back then and they did not  see evidence of a tear.
my doctor at therapy think its a tear from april that the MRI missed or perhaps some one misread my MRI film.
so im curious if such a thing sounds  normal, to have an MRI not catch it.
I am having another one soon to see what is causing my pain,cracking,tenderness and popping in my right knee.
any info would be nice

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Re: Is it possible for an MRI not to see a tear in the meniscus?
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2005, 01:24:02 AM »
It is Possible for an MRI to miss a meniscal tear but as I don't think it would happen very often. It depends on the size of the tear and the location. I think normally MRI scans are around 95% accurate?
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Re: Is it possible for an MRI not to see a tear in the meniscus?
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2005, 01:26:55 AM »
It is Possible for an MRI to miss a meniscal tear but as I don't think it would happen very often. It depends on the size of the tear and the location. I think normally MRI scans are around 95% accurate?



Gosh darn it..im thie mising link the 5% that goes unfound. ???..i know i may not make sence,anyways thanks.
i m curious what others have to say too.

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Re: Is it possible for an MRI not to see a tear in the meniscus?
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2005, 02:12:38 AM »
Yes, it is very possible for an mri to miss a tear, it's also possible for the person who read the mri to have missed it.  An mri missed an acl tear a few years ago on one of my knees.  This was evidenced as the Dr, who made the report did not see it and neither did my OS.  There could have been too much swelling or perhaps the signal just wasn't strong enough.  You would probably do well to have another one done.

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Re: Is it possible for an MRI not to see a tear in the meniscus?
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2005, 05:31:16 AM »
Even if your tear shows up in the MRI it doesn't always show to what degree it is torn.
Where mine was torn it is hard to see it on an MRI. If you don't get satisfaction , get a second opinion. Ron
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Re: Is it possible for an MRI not to see a tear in the meniscus?
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2005, 09:22:32 PM »
Even if your tear shows up in the MRI it doesn't always show to what degree it is torn.
Where mine was torn it is hard to see it on an MRI. If you don't get satisfaction , get a second opinion. Ron

if an MRI misses a tear, how do you get someone to see it? i have another MRI this week. :-\

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Re: Is it possible for an MRI not to see a tear in the meniscus?
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2005, 02:02:03 AM »
Doc's can be wrong. MRIs can be wrong. My doc said that the best thing to find out what was wrong with my knee was to go in and do arthoscopic surgery... My MRI showed I had an mensicus tear and a bone indentation, but those were both incorrect and my doc didn't know until he got in there...
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Re: Is it possible for an MRI not to see a tear in the meniscus?
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2005, 02:06:08 AM »
IF your second MRI still shows nothing and your OS does a physical manipulation test of your knee motion. Which they should do . It is a good indicator if you have symptoms of a tear.
 
On mine there was some swelling and burning pain when he moved it. He could feel it giving out as well . Which I did too when I walked it felt like it wanted to pop out of joint.
That was enough cause for him to say that he thought he should go in with the scope and take care of it before it got worse. I waited a couple more months and when he went in he said it did tear a little bit more. So I was glad I got it taken care of.

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Re: Is it possible for an MRI not to see a tear in the meniscus?
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2005, 11:45:12 PM »
sure is possible. I had a torn ACL, partial PCL tear, mensical tears and grade 3 chondro...and the MRI didnt catch a thing.
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Re: Is it possible for an MRI not to see a tear in the meniscus?
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2005, 05:21:08 AM »
sure is possible. I had a torn ACL, partial PCL tear, mensical tears and grade 3 chondro...and the MRI didnt catch a thing.
krista

Yipes..you scared me there.. well i had the mri today and in 7 days i will talk with the doctor who will then refer me to a specialist..i wonder if the doctors will compare my new mri to an old one i had in june.
anyways how did they treat you after they found all your inner knee problems? :-\

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Re: Is it possible for an MRI not to see a tear in the meniscus?
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2005, 09:28:46 PM »
Well they knew I had dislocating kneecaps, so I went in for a TTT and when he was doing the scope he saw all the other damage and fixed it when he was in thre.
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