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How Long Did You Wait For MRI Results?

I had a MRI scan at Sheffield on the 21st of February, nearly 4 weeks ago. I phoned the secretary this morning to enquire re the result as I thought I would have had them by now. She apologised to me and said she would contact the MRI department to chase them and she was still awaiting results from December!!!

I wondered how long others had waited until they recieved their results.

Also, am I wrong in thinking positive ones would be rushed through more urgently and negative ones would be actioned last? Or is that just wishful thinking???

Hi Milly I was lucky…my neuro’s secretary rang me the same day and told me that the MRI confirmed the diagnosis of MS but from reading posts on here, I would say that my experience is unusual and that generally people wait longer. You’ve done the right thing in chasing them up though and hopefully you’ll have some answers soon. Xx

Hi Milly,

The wait is literally as long as it takes for the scans to be reviewed, and the report typed up and sent, because the pictures themselves are available virtually as soon as you’ve had the scan. They don’t have to go to a lab for developing or anything.

Sometimes there’s a review of scans once a week, or something like that, so they do a collection of them in a batch.

I’m afraid, in medical terms, MS isn’t regarded as an emergency, so if the scans showed something like a tumour, that might need urgent surgery, I guess they would process it ASAP. But if it’s “just” MS - as serious as that is - it’s not urgent. It’s a lifelong thing anyway, so nothing that has to be be fixed next week, or even can be. You won’t be a “rushed” case for a suspected MS diagnosis - sorry. You can’t read anything into it taking a long time, except that it’s not likely to be anything that’s about to burst and kill you.

Tina

I had my first cervical scans in late December 2012, my head ones end of Feb 2013 and LP and bloods a week ago. I’ve been told not to expect a neuro appointment untill well after Easter. So, assuming I get my dx middle/end of April, that is a 6 month wait from seeing the GP to finally getting diagnosed…is this normal?

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Yes it is all normal, My problems started 9 months ago, I spent a week in hospital, had an LP and MRI of brain and spine, then I left hospital, month later was back in hospital this time for 2 weeks more MRIs and another LP. they wants to put it as an issolated incedent but In my last nuro appointment she said its obiously not as it hasnt gone away and more tests done, so 3 weeks ago I had another MRI and I am waiting on my results and follow up appointment. I got my scans 12 days after my last nuro appointment and expect results will take 4-6 weeks, MS is so hard to diagnose and if someone has tumars e.t.c in their scns they re priority.

Thanks, I was thinking maybe someone looked at them and the MS ones were reported first. I guess I thought if it takes this long to get a report it probably isn’t MS if that makes sense.

makes complete sence and not to put a downer, it may not be MS but MS takes ages toget a diagnosis, some people match the criteria and bang they get their DX right away other have to wait to meet the criteria which could take years. I am in the same boat and its travelling to limboland so jump aboard and we are all hear for each other.

Hello, I had my MRI on 23rd November and didn’t get an official diagnosis until 18th February. The waiting is very hard, I feel for you. Sam x

Husband had mri september 2012 got to see neurologist february 2013 who said had abnormal areas on brain and white patches has refered him to another neurologist appointment 1st week april 2013. THE WAITING IS THE WORST BIT MY HUSBAND IS STILL WAITING FOR MEDICATION ,AND HIS TREMOR IS NOW STARTING TO AFFECT THE OTHER SIDE OF HIS BODY TOO. XX TAKE CARE JULIE

I called my nuro today as its been over a month with no reply, she said that she will put my name infront of the nuro and ask her to send me a letter. but nothing is on the system to be sent. ha ha, shows you they must be very busy. But I cannot fault it. id rather wait and let them spend the time on it and do it properly.

I had an MRI early Oct 12. I was back to the eye clinic 2 weeks later but they said they had to refer me to neurologist. Waited a month and went to my GP who chased the MRI results. According to the radiologist, the report for the MRI was loaded onto the system the day after the MRI was carried out. The eye clinic had never arranged the neuro appointment.

My GP got the MRI results posted and told me the results indicated I had MS. The GP also arranged the neuro appointment which took place in Dec and that’s when I was diagnosed.

So the results of the MRI were available straight away but actually getting an appointment for the results took two months.

I remember also thinking that the eye clinic wouldn’t have forgotten to arrange the neuro appointment if something was actually on the MRI but amazingly enough, they read the report, knew there was demyelination (along with ON) and somehow still forgot to pass me on to the neuro

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I had an MRI early Oct 12. I was back to the eye clinic 2 weeks later but they said they had to refer me to neurologist. Waited a month and went to my GP who chased the MRI results. According to the radiologist, the report for the MRI was loaded onto the system the day after the MRI was carried out. The eye clinic had never arranged the neuro appointment.

My GP got the MRI results posted and told me the results indicated I had MS. The GP also arranged the neuro appointment which took place in Dec and that’s when I was diagnosed.

So the results of the MRI were available straight away but actually getting an appointment for the results took two months.

I remember also thinking that the eye clinic wouldn’t have forgotten to arrange the neuro appointment if something was actually on the MRI but amazingly enough, they read the report, knew there was demyelination (along with ON) and somehow still forgot to pass me on to the neuro WITH MY HUSBAND it was the opthalmology department at the royal who sent my husband for mri and told him they had found lesions on his brain as my husband had had alot of problems prior and has gone nearly blind in both eyes for at least 2 yrs.The gp knew had health problems did some investigations and told him couldnt find anything.So if it wasnt for the hospital he wouldnt have had the mri scan and his gp would of still been saying they couldnt find anything. xx julie/quote]