Posted 28 February 2009 - 05:53 PM
Rich,I do suspect that MRIs are not offered as much as CT scans due to their cost. I think the insurance companies frown on them because of this.After numerous CTs and ultrasounds, I began requesting an MRI as well for the safety aspect and just for a 'possible' different viewpoint. Doctors would become very hostile and tell me how uncomfortable MRIs could be, without letting me decide for myself if I wanted one anyway.I finally was able to get an abdominal and pelvic MRI from a sympathetic chiropractor. While it did not show anything pertaining to my issues, it did find an adrenal tumor that had not been picked up as well or characterized as well on a CT scan. The CT scan showed it as an 'incidental adenoma' whereas the MRI showed it to be what was called a 'pheochromocytoma' and I did have it removed. The MRI also showed an additional liver nodule that the CT missed. These supposedly are of no significance although I would still like to know why I have them.Despite what I'd been told about MRIs being uncomfortable, I didn't find it bad at all! I have heard of a new MRI called an fMRI- a 'functional' MRI which supposedly can pick up things like adhesions which I have been told I likely have but since I can't prove it I can't obtain any further diagnostic or treatment measures for them. I am not sure what other things it might show regarding functional GI issues, but you'd think it could be useful. As far as I know it is not in use in the U.S. or if it is it isn't widely available. I think, so far, anything I have read about it is from Europe.But if, when it becomes available, the fMRI costs as much as the MRI, I suspect that getting a physician to order one will be difficult due to pressure from the insurance companies, even when its use may be clearly indicated.