Behind the Scenes at an MRI & September 2014 results – Glioblastoma Survivor

Mike has been having MRI’s every 8 weeks for over two years.  Its just a little room with this massive doughnut shaped machine with a little room on the other side of the window for the tech to work. Its not a place they bring family members.  I’ve always been another room away in the waiting area. I am so thankful for a kind tech and the opportunity to snap some photos with my phone of the process.  I want our kids to have photos of the process and the journey. The photos also help me process what we are going through.

They Mike into the machine first to get a set of images then pulls him out and inserts a needle into his vein on his arm and inserts dye.  That dye travels to his brain.  The cancer lights up on the contrast images with the dye.

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Two of the images from the MRI are below and I have the radiologist’s report.

MRI REPORT – Brain with and without contrast, compared the MRI dated 7/22

“Findings:  “In the left parietal lobe, there is heterogeneous area of T1 shortening with restricted diffusion signal demonstrating trace enhancement. SIgnal abnormality extends to the peft pariartial white matter. There is extensive edema also involving the left frontal, parietal, occipital lobes.  There is edema extending across the splenuim of the corpus callosum extending to the right centrum semiovale. There is diffusion hyperintensity and thickening involving the posterior coprus callosum/splenuim.  This may reflect recurrent tumor. No new areas of signal abnormality or enhacement.”

IMPRESSION:

1. Postsurgical changes

2. Stable signal abnormality involving the posterior body and splenium of corpus callosum. This may reflect recurrent neoplasm.

3. Stable nonspecific T2 prolongation involving the bilateral cerebral hemispheres, left greater than right.”

To explain the word “stable” in terms of an MRI, I pulled this from the Duke website: “Stable means that the tumor area is the same size as on the comparison MRI. Stable can also mean that the tumor area is larger, but less than 25% larger.”
Mikes comparison MRI is always the one that was done 8 weeks prior.  So we do know that his tumor has not grown more than 25% between each MRI, because the reports have stated “stable” each time.

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