What is the difference between a MRI and a CT scan.

By edvel54 Latest Reply 2011-07-14 18:12:35 -0500
Started 2011-07-07 11:14:08 -0500

What is the difference between a MRI and a CT scan.
I need to have a CT scan done because they found shadows on my lung and adrenal glands when I had x-rays taken.
Should I be worried? What does it mean?

7 replies

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-12 10:24:21 -0500 Report

CT scan is basically a whole bunch of X-rays. The machine whirls around you taking lots of pictures. MRI is usually a tube (unless it is open sided). It uses magnetic resonace to get the images. Had both last year.

Gimpalong 2011-07-07 12:57:06 -0500 Report

Hi. I'm back again. I've had to have this done so that the doctors can see more clearly what might be happening. For me, it was truly a shadow on the x-ray itself, and not in my body. Try not to worry before you get your results. It may be nothing, or it may be something that can be treated earlier before real problems. Talk with your doctor about your concerns if he/she hasn't explained what the test is about, and more definition on what they expect to find. It is a scary time, but hold to your faith. I'll be thinking of you and hold you in my prayers. God Bless. ttusoon
Lots of hugs and prayers,