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Radiology/MRI - Labral Tears


Hello.  I have question regarding labral tears and MRI's.  Is it possible to tell how old a labral tear is from looking at an MRI?  Thank you very much.

Hello, Tia.

A radiologist would be better qualified to answer this question. MRI can see whether it is a new tear and scar tissue might show for an old tear. But as far as I know, it is not possible to tell the age of a labral tear.

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Delia White


I am not qualified to interpret diagnostic imaging or to diagnose disease. Please consult a physician for that information. I am the photographer. I can tell you what to expect during most MRI, CT and X-ray procedures.


I now have more than 30 years experience in diagnostic imaging. My specialty is MRI. I am also very familiar with CT and the way we used to take x-rays (everything's digital now)!

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology.

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