Impact of MR imaging on clinical diagnosis and management: a prospective study

Radiology. 1986 Nov;161(2):377-80. doi: 10.1148/radiology.161.2.3763904.


The clinical value of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was prospectively evaluated in 189 patients referred for examination of the brain or spine. Comparison of the attending physician's diagnosis, proposed treatment, and estimated prognosis before and after MR imaging indicated a substantial effect of the additional information provided by this study. A suspected diagnosis was refined or changed in 16% of all patients, and the physician's level of confidence in the diagnosis changed in over half of the cases in which the diagnosis was unchanged. In two-thirds of all cases the physician indicated that the treatment or estimated prognosis was altered.

MeSH terms

  • Brain Diseases / diagnosis
  • Decision Making
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Spinal Cord Diseases / diagnosis
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnosis