Medical imaging such as MRIs, x-rays, and CT scans can be very valuable for identifying serious medical conditions, However, once the serious issues are ruled out by a doctor, minor findings are of minimal to no value in helping explain the majority of everyday aches and pains. Not only are the majority of imaging findings not helpful, but can be harmful from a psychological point of view.
In fact, several studies have shown that those who are told of their “abnormal” – though irrelevant – findings have more doctor visits, longer-lasting pain, more disability, and a lower sense of well-being. 1
If you have ever been told of your irregular findings of your medical imaging results, read below! You are more normal than you think!