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What does a few small areas of T2 hyperintensity in the periventricula

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what does a few small areas of T2 hyperintensity in the periventricular white matter and centrum semiovale mean in an MRI
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
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as we all get older, we can get small broken blood vessels in the brain around the ventricles which can be seen on T2 weighted images.
we can get small broken blood vessels on our skin that we can see
the MRI scan can see old small broken blood vessels in the brain many months to years after they have occurred in the brain.
that is what those T2 hyperintensities are in the brain white matter.
high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, advanced age can all increase the risk of having these small broken blood vessels.
why did you have this brain MRI scan done?