Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
157 Doctors are Online
Ask a Urologist   »  

I had an MRI of my prostate in May 2017

User rating for this question
Excellent
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 1991
Answered : 2412 Questions
Question
I had an MRI of my prostate in May 2017 that came back negative. I had an MRI of my brain in August 2017 that showed that I had a XXXXXXX stroke. I am scheduled for an MRI of my brain in December 2017 from a different neurologist who is unaware that I already had a brain MRI in August 2017. If I go through and have the December 2017 brain MRI, is it dangerous to have so many (3) MRIs in a relatively short period of time (May - Dec.)?
Posted Thu, 23 Nov 2017 in Urinary and Bladder Problems
 
 
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Information

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

While MRI is considered safe, we don't know the long term consequences of having them frequently, especially if it involves the use of contrast. MRIs do not use radiation like CT scans do. But for many years we thought the effects of the radiation were inconsequential but that has turned out not to be the case.

I strongly recommend that you tell the new neurologist that you already had an MRI just a few months ago. If he/she thinks it is important to track changes since August, then the benefits might outweigh risks. If it is being done again so soon just because your doctor is unaware of the previous MRI, then it is very important that you tell him it has already been done.

I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can provide further information.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
 
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Urologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor