Can an MRI or a CAT scan show my essential tremor?


An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and a CAT (computerized axial tomography) scan are tests that gather information about your brain. These test are sometimes used to diagnose or rule out causes of many kinds of tremors. Essential tremors cannot be diagnosed with an MRI or CAT scan. Your doctor will diagnose an essential tremor by other methods such as taking a complete medical history and conducting blood tests.

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Brain and Nervous System

A healthy brain and nervous system regulate your body functions so you can have full command over your senses, muscles, and intelligence. Despite the amazing capacities of the human brain and nerves, they are vulnerable to damage ...

just like every other part of our bodies. Strokes, concussions, Alzheimers and many other brain problems affect about 50 million Americans. The multitude of brain injuries and illnesses strike different people based on the risk factors of their genetics, age and lifestyle. The severity of impairment and the availability of treatment vary widely. Knowledge of brain and nerve health has advanced rapidly in recent decades. Many new treatments and medicines are available to treat various disorders. Still, the best thing for your brain is to keep it physically and mentally active while eating nutritious food and getting plenty of social interaction.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.