Brain Tumor Question

Posted by rwomack00 @rwomack00, Apr 25 7:48pm

Recently, I had an MRI without contrast done because I’ve constantly been having headaches/migraines, dizziness/unsteadiness, some visual issues and a few other things like memory problems that I feel a 30 yr old like myself shouldn’t be experiencing. I’ve had these issues going on for a few years. I only really paid attention to them as they’ve gotten a bit worse. My first thought was a brain tumor since the symptoms line up. The first question I have is: if I’ve had a brain tumor for a few years (4 or more) would it be large enough to show up on an MRI if the tech wasn’t specifically looking for one? Surely, if it’s been growing for years, the dr/radiologist should’ve seen it? My results came back clear. My scan was only 12 mins which makes me question if the scan was thorough enough to rule out a tumor completely. My follow up isn’t for another three weeks and these questions are nagging me.

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Hi, I know radiologists are trained to spot anything unusual and always note it down. Has your PC ordered any other tests? Sometimes, you have to be your own advocate. Write down all your symptoms and have specific questions about them. Hopefully, at your follow up appointment you will get some answers. Good luck. And please note that I am thinking about you and hope they find out what is going on.


Check with and without contrast ….that might help.


Check with and without contrast ….that might help.

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Yes, with and without contrast.
Please keep us posted. Many prayers.


My experience is that about 12-15 min is normal time for an MRI without contrast than add another 5-7 min for with contrast. The doctors would know better but I believe if you have signs and symptoms caused by a tumor it would normally be large enough to be visible in the MRI. I agree with others, ask any question you have with the doctors and we are praying for you.


My wife's brain cancer growth was about 2 months old and showed fine on an MRI with and without contrast.
She experienced several of the same items you mentioned.
Get another MRI with and without contrast and have it read by two (2) separate doctors.


My Journey with a Brain Tumor: Triumphs, Challenges, and a Quest for Hope

Hello, fellow members of the Mayo Clinic brain tumor forum,

I hope this message finds you all in good health and spirits. Today, I want to share my deeply personal and challenging journey with a brain tumor that has forever changed the course of my life. My intention is not only to shed light on my experiences but also to inspire a discussion on hope, resilience, and the power of the human spirit.

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[Carson ]
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