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Migraine and MRI : Do They have Any Relation?

Did you know that 12% of the population suffers from a migraine? That's right, and of this percentage 80% are women, and 2% suffer it chronically (considered that way, when they feel pain for a minimum of 15 days a month).

A migraine: what is it and what are its causes?

A migraine also called hemicranias, or migraine is a disease whose main symptom is a severe headache and may be followed by nausea or vomiting, sensitivity to light or sounds. Also as stated by the World Health Organization (WHO), migraine is considered one of the 20 most disabling diseases, because, during pain crises, patients feel so affected that they feel unable to perform any common task, whether of work, social or family nature.

As for the causes, it is true that migraine can be hereditary. However, it can occur for any of the following reasons:

  • Changes in hormone levels during the menstrual cycle of women or with the use of contraceptive pills
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Exercise or other physical stress
  • Loud noises or bright lights
  • Odors and strong perfumes
  • Smoking or being in contact with smoke
  • Stress and anxiety

Brain MRI and migraine:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and headache have more relationship than we can think, and that with the realization of this imaging test you can find evidence of changes in the brain in people suffering from a migraine.

Through this study, it was intended to check if there are anatomical changes in the brains of patients with a migraine, and for this purpose, magnetic resonance images of high spatial resolution of the mind of healthy and sick people were made.

The results of the study showed that there is damage to the gray matter of patients with a migraine. Also, these alterations are directly related to the years of evolution of the disease that is the more years of evolution of the disease in the patient, the higher the damage to the brain.

The MRI scan center in New Delhi continue to investigate in this area, not only to deepen on this subject but to know what the most effective treatment to combat this pathology is. If you want to be up-to-date with the studies or pathology investigations carried out through the different imaging tests, browse our blog and check out the content we offer you, go ahead!

A migraine - a neurological disease in which pain is most often localized in one half of the head, usually in the frontotemporal region. The patient, for no apparent reason, experiences long, painful paroxysmal headaches. As a rule, they are not associated with head injuries, stroke or a brain tumor- the appearance of a migraine is most often associated with changes in the work of the vessels, which are best visualized during MR-angiography.

If the attending physician wants to exclude or confirm the presence of a brain tumor, as a possible cause of a headache, the patient may be assigned an MRI Test with contrast enhancement. In the presence of neoplasm, MR imaging allows to identify, localize, and evaluate the structure, size, and relationship of the tumor with the surrounding tissues and midline structures of the brain. One of the advantages of the MRI method is the absence of harmful ionizing radiation, which makes the study entirely safe for the patient's health.

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