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An MRI is a imaging study like an xray or cat scan but instead of using radiation to make the images is uses magnets and sound waves. It is not harmful in any way and gives the doctors a lot of information about your brain.
Sometimes IV medicines are used to highlight structures (contrast). Usually sedation is not necessary but, if you are nervous, sedation can be given to you if you want.
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I had my brain MRI yesterday morning. I called my eye surgeon's office this morning but no call back so I called them later in the day and still no word from the surgeon. The receptionist reassured me that if anything was seriously wrong he would call me. I hope they contact me tomorrow. My vision in my left eye is almost completely distorted now. I certainly can't drive the car. Prayers are giving me strength. thank you for your enquiry.
My brain MRI came back normal, no masses or tumors. However, my vision in my left eye is distorted. When I look at someone with only my left eye, all I can see is their head, not their body. I have an appointment with the eye surgeon next wed. at 8:30. Hopefuly he can tell me what his plan is. Thanks for asking.