How Accurate Is An MRI Report?

Can cutting-edge technology deliver faulty results?

By Kevin RR Williams

Imagine enduring 30 minutes of ear-deafening clicks during an MRI procedure. Anxiously, you await the pathology results. It's finally in: The palpable mass has not been detected. Good news or concerning contradiction? Could what was earlier felt, or perhaps seen, no longer exist or is this assessment a false negative?

True or False?

A false negative is when a test reveals favorable news that contradicts empirical evidence. Conversely, a false positive occurs when an incorrect unfavorable condition is reported. One might assume…

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