Would it be possible to learn to read MRI scans? Watch

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Or do I have to be some professional?
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I'm guessing you've had an MRI and want to understand it?
I wouldn't personally try and learn it for this purpose as you will most likely misinterpret the MRI and get panicked or worried that the doctor may not be doing something right
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You could look for foreign medicals groups to get an opinion on it for a lower cost than in the UK and without any conflicts of interest.

It is a disgrace that information for interpreting the MRI isn't made available to the British general public who have already paid the NHS to research and train medical staff.
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You could look for foreign medicals groups to get an opinion on it for a lower cost than in the UK and without any conflicts of interest.

It is a disgrace that information for interpreting the MRI isn't made available to the British general public who have already paid the NHS to research and train medical staff.
Ummm, not really no.
Considering the amount of NHS appointments made due to self-diagnoses can you imagine how long the waiting lists would be if people suddenly thought they could read MRIs and booked additional appointments thinking something was wrong with them?
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Keeping people in ignorance leads to worse health outcomes and the medical staff will appreciate the load being taken off them.
Most importantly, people have a right to their health whether you like it or not.
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Or do I have to be some professional?
Anyone can learn to do anything if they have enough time.

However, reading an MRI scan isn't just about spotting things, it's also knowing the medical information behind it - hence radiologists (doctors who report scans) have to be in medical school first, then train in clinical radiology before actually do stuff like this.

However, there are non-medics somewhere who look at more basic scans like chest XRs and ultrasounds for example.
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