MRI Images, including MRI Spectroscopy
This is one of the pictures from the MRI Spectroscopy I had in August of 2011. Can you find the area they suspect is an Astrocytoma? Leave your guess in the Discussion Forum.
More Images from the MRI Spectroscopy of my Brain
Here are some more images from the same MRI Spectroscopy of my brain. Do you see a pattern? This type of tumor doesn't look as obvious as some types, especially when it is rather small. MRI images are different than x-rays. Notice the 'R' and the 'L' on each picture. The images in which the outline looks like the front or back of the head, you are viewing the brain from the front of my head. In the other images, you are viewing my brain as if looking up at it from my feet. Do you see the low-grade glioma yet? Astrocytomas are a type of glioma and that is what they say this most likely is.
Solution to the MRI
Here is the solution to the MRI question. The area circled in red is the right medial temporal lobe. The neurosurgeon plans on removing that part of my brain and some surrounding areas frequently involved in seizures. The hope is that if this is cancerous it can be removed. It is likely a low grade glioma, probably an Astrocytoma. We also hope that this will completely cure my seizures without causing any noticeable deficits.