Consultant unable to explain white areas on MRI

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Hi, I'm a newbie here and I've a question my consultant wasn't able to answer to my satisfaction and I wondered if anyone here had an answer. I was diagnosed with gallstones and gallbladder infection at the start of the year and I've just had an MRI to check my bile ducts. I've got to have an ERCP and I've been marked as urgent. When looking at the MRI, I wanted to know what all the white areas were, which seemed to be roughly where the top of my large intestine should be (as far as I could tell). I expected to be told it was food, or liquid passing through. But all he repeated was that it was the dye showing that I'd been given. No matter how often I said I hadn't had any, didn't seem to faze him. I know not everyone is given dye and I'm certainly not senile, I didn't have anything given me in any form whatsoever. Could MRI images be mixed up between patients? Could it be simple food or water passing through and my Consultant be a poor judge of reading images? I've had a few examples of poor/lax care so far with this illness and this just seems to take the biscuit. Has anyone any ideas?

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    I have no experience of this situation but usually, in the Uk anyway, the scans are read by a senior radiologist before they are sent to to the consultant and the findings are in a report, which is reviewed by a 2nd party. This helps avoid errors as interpreting scans is a specialist job, though nothing is infallible.  Maybe some places are different though. I've never been shown any of my scans and had to request the reports if I wanted them.

    I did not have MRI, had CT scan with contrast which was through a cannula and definitely knew about it being used. Hope you can find out to put yr mind at rest.

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    Hi, Elizabeth.  It's the same thing in the US, the images are read by the radiologist.  In my case, the radiologist submitted a written report to my gastroenterologist. As Cynthia said, you might request a copy of the report.  In my case, I was given a clear liquid to drink, lots of it, and had an IV of the same stuff.  The tech told me it was water...I couldn't help but ask myself if he thought I was gullible enough to believe him.  At any rate, you have a right to know what's going on, so I'd press till I got answers.  Good luck, and let us know how you get on!
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    Wow that is a strange response to you, especially since you made it clear that you had no dyes. I would ask for another opinion and take the test to another dr to find the answers you need. After all this is your test and your body and you deserve to know the answers to your questions and not ignored. Ask for your test simply take it to another doctor. Hope it works out better for you. 

    Did the doctor have any recommendations for you? 

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    Different Consultants at different hospitals often won't rely on others scans or reports.  They like their own people to do them.  I've had it happen with blood tests too.  Seems bizarre.  But I suppose they all get used to working with each other!
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    Dear all, so many thanks for giving me somethings to think about and many apologies for the delay in responding. By the time I get back from work, all I'm fit for is going to bed right now. I'm already late for my 'urgent' ERCP, but no-one at the hospital seems to either know where my paperwork is to check it, or reply to my telephone messages when they don't answer their phones. Sorry to grumble, I'm sure I'm not the only one to have this struggle. Many thanks again and successful treatments to all those here!
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      Oh poor you. No wonder you are worried about this. I've had my care transfered to a much smaller, non general hospital and that's made a huge difference. Big hospitals see so many people and everything is a rush. I changed hospitals because I was waiting so long. I had a pre op done last November but I couldn't have a date for surgery and by March I was worrying that I had this pre op done so long ago and after losing 3 stone in weight! The hospital told me they couldn't say when I'd have my op as they were only just treating people who breached the 18 weeks treatment time in October! I got an outpatient appointment for the new hospital in April, I had my very thorough pre op done on Monday and my op is on the 19th of this month. I can't fault the smaller hospital so far. They have explained everything to me and I feel like an individual, not something on a conveyer belt in a factory. Don't get me wrong, I think all NHS staff work incredibly hard and it's not necessarily their fault. It's just the volume of people they see with increasingly limited resources. But I do hear you, that is exactly why I cut and run from the larger hospital.
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