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#608 The benefit of your radiologist being clueless

The radiologist reading your MRI knows nothing about your problem.

The only clues a radiologist gets about your injury are described in the clinical history section of the MRI order from your doctor.

I just got off a call with a runner who had gotten an MRI order from his doctor. He had a long history of injury but the only description on the MRI order was “Concern for fracture.”

This runner had more than just a concern for a possible fracture.

But because there was such a limited description for the radiologist, the injured runner was understandably irritated and frustrated that the radiologist didn’t have the full information.

I will admit that I also get very upset about this when I’m looking for something obscure that the radiologist is likely to miss, unless it’s on their radar.

But there is an up-side to everything!

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about the benefit of your radiologist being clueless.

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#374 Can you see Raynauds Phenomenon on an MRI in a runner?

Raynaud’s Phenomenon is an interesting condition in which spasms of small blood vessels cause changes in the skin color of the hands and feet. Raynaud’s phenomenon can also cause pain in the feet. Foot pain is also very common in runners.

Raynauds is one of those conditions that isn’t typically diagnosed with a blood test or and x-ray. The diagnosis is typically made “clinically” meaning the doctor hears your story, listens to your history and decides you probably have the condition, because nothing else fits.

The question is whether or not a runner who gets an MRI because of foot pain, might have something show up on the MRI images that can indicate Raynaud’s is contributing to the runner’s trouble.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about wether or not you can see see Raynaud’s Phenomenon on an MRI in a runner.

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