What is the role of MRI in the diagnosis for dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance?

Updated: Mar 13, 2017
  • Author: Hesham M Samy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Robert A Egan, MD  more...
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The yield of MRI in patients younger than 50 years is low (< 1%). The incidence of an acoustic tumor or other brainstem or posterior-fossa lesion also is low. Clinical judgment, careful neuro-otologic examination, and audio and vestibular studies are often helpful in rendering MRI unnecessary. Routine use of diagnostic imaging modalities in the assessment of patients with dizziness is not recommended. [9]


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