View Full Version : Can someone help me please?

19th February 2009, 11:20 AM
I finally got Dylan's MRI on a disc. I wanted to post it in the SM section of the forum but there are so many pictures, I don't know which to post.

I don't know why but it has really upset me seeing his scan, even if I don't know how to read it. :(

19th February 2009, 11:42 AM
I can understand why the scan would upset you, when we saw Jasper`s xray of his heart and that it was enlarged and being shown the fluid around it where it should have been black and there was quite a lot of white that upset me and I still think about it now.

Cathy Moon
19th February 2009, 12:03 PM
Could you try comparing the MRI images from the SM website to those of Dylan's to choose an image that shows his syrinx? Here is the link to the MRI images: http://sm.cavaliertalk.com/diagnosing/mris/mris.html

19th February 2009, 03:25 PM
Is this ok? I think it shows the 5cm syrinx in his neck.

19th February 2009, 05:34 PM
Can you make the picture smaller? That is really too large to see even on a large monitor at work for me. I can't tell what that is but looks like a side angle of some sort. I can see what seems to be the spinal cord but just barely.

What you want are the slices closest to the centre of the head. But really you'd probably need someone with experience of interpreting MRIs to look at them and pick out what is relevant. The vast majority of pictures -- meaning all but about 2 or 3 angles -- won't mean anything even to those of us who have looked at a lot of MRIs. If you go to my SM site you can see the kind of image that is meaningful. But to be honest I don't know if many here would get too much from the images, if you are looking for people's opinions-- they really require specialist interpretation and I'd be reluctant to have people making incorrect interpretations. Some of us could probably see a few elements that would be relevant such as syrinxes, hindbrain crowding and possibly ventricle size but that would be it. It would be better to share this with someone who can go through the images on a PC or choose some relevant images and explain them -- perhaps the next time you are at your neurologist?

19th February 2009, 05:40 PM
Thanks Karlin, I'll make it smaller now, my Mac makes it fit the screen so I don't know it's too big.

This was just about the only picture that I could understand.