Interesting information I found through a search on “how to read an MRI report” while trying to decipher a radiologist’s report on my most recent brain and spine MRI. Note, don’t try this at home. Insanity may get the best of me waiting the six to see my doctor at Hopkins for his real professional review and interpretation of this report. All I see on this report are multiple uses throughout of the words ‘abnormal’ and ‘new foci.’ And to think: I tried very hard to get out of picking up this report. I knew I was going to get bad news. I have been dreading the emotional setback these things seem to trigger in me. Next time: I’ll just go with my gut feeling and forego MRI’s altogether. I really don’t need reports and pictures to tell me something is wrong inside my head (literally). I already knew. I know exactly where my pain, numbness and weaknesses are. I don’t need justification anymore than I already have. I’m good. Really.