Surprisingly, a funny thing showed up in the report. The doctors were not able to view the olfactory part of the brain because of his dental expander located on the roof of his mouth. I guess this metal caused “significant problems” in being able to view the image. Thankfully, this part of the brain deals with sense of smell, so I wasn’t too concerned about this. However, I will warn parents that are thinking about getting an MRI that you may want to talk about this with your doctor first. We were told that his dental work would be no problem, but they were obviously wrong. I would’ve been so upset if after putting our son through all that to find out that they didn’t get a good look at the vision or hearing part of his brain. So keep it in mind, maybe you’ll want to have the metal removed before putting your child under for an MRI to avoid this.
Another thing to consider is requesting copies of the images. I’m currently looking into this with our care provider. I thought it would be a good idea to have copies, in case 10 years from now they figure out how to see mental illness in brain scans. It may be a long shot, but you never know!
So, after all is said and done, do you wonder if it was worth it all to get these results? I would answer, absolutely! With these results I feel like I can move forward with confidence that we’re treating my son correctly, that he indeed should be taking his mood stabilizing drugs. I now have a peace about it and no longer wonder if we’re doing the right thing.
And peace of mind is priceless!