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MRI findings are important but should be correlated with exam findings

Frequently, I observe doctors relying more on MRI results rather than the physical exam findings. While MRI is a highly effective diagnostic tool, it is essential to recognize the significance of the exam findings which are very important and shouldn't be ignored.
While MRI is a powerful diagnostic tool that can provide detailed information about the internal structures of the body, it is important to consider the patient's symptoms and physical exam findings as well.
Clinical examination is an important aspect of diagnosis as it provides valuable information about the patient's overall health and physical status. It involves a range of techniques, including inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation, to identify any physical abnormalities or changes that could help with the diagnosis. For example, if a patient presents with joint pain, the doctor may perform a physical exam to assess the range of motion, swelling, tenderness, and other symptoms, which can help inform the diagnosis and treatment plan.
In some cases, MRI findings may not always be consistent with the patient's symptoms or clinical examination findings. In such instances, the doctor may need to interpret the MRI findings in the context of the patient's overall health and physical status, and use clinical judgment to make the best diagnosis and treatment plan.
Therefore, while MRI is an important diagnostic tool, it is important that doctors consider a variety of factors, including physical exam findings, patient history, and symptoms, to ensure an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.
Yaron Lohr, DC Clinic Director

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