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What parts of the brain do MRI scans look at?

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MRI scans also can look at parts of the brain that aren't as easily viewed with CT scans, such as the spine at the level of the neck and the back portion of the brain. An MRI can’t diagnose migraines, cluster, or tension headaches, but it can help doctors rule out other medical conditions that may cause your symptoms, such as:

  • A brain tumor
  • An infection in your brain, called an abscess
  • The buildup of fluid in the brain, called hydrocephalus
  • Spinal cord problems, such as a herniated disc
  • Strokes
  • Injuries

From: MRIs for Headache and Migraine Diagnosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: The National Migraine Association.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 17, 2017

SOURCE: The National Migraine Association.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 17, 2017

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