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    What does this sentence mean?

    Hello all!

    I have to translate this sentence to Finnish:

    MRI showed clear resolution of lesion.

    Does this mean that this lesion has been completely resolved or has there been a great progress in the resolution?

    In Finnish we use partitive to express that something has happened to some degree but not completely. So if this sentence used partitive in Finnish it would mean that the lesion has almost resolved but not completely.

    I am wondering is it also partitive in English? And does it have the same meaning - to some extent but not all?

    Regards,
    kujala


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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    'clear' refers to the clarity/certainty of the evidence from the MRI scan. Compare to an X-ray, where the patient has slightly moved during the taking of the X-ray; or "is that nipple shadow or...?"

    'resolution', in a medical report, means the 'disappearance of' - in this case, the tumour; and with 'clear', this disappearance is unequivocal, quite definite.
    Last edited by David L.; 12-Nov-2008 at 19:26.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    This case is not actually a medical report, it is a scientific research where they researched brain contusions. I have a couple of pictures from this special contusion:

    First one
    Second one

    Regarding this second MRI scan there is only this one sentence:
    "MRI showed clear resolution of lesion."

    As far as I see there is this still a little left of it. So that's why I am wondering: does it really mean 100 % or something like 90 - 95%? Wouldn't they use term "full" instead of "clear" if it would be 100 % case?


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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    In this context, it is saying that the contusion has healed. There is no sign of it on the second scan.

    There is a clear resolution of the medical problem - resolution in this instance meaning completion.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    OK, thank you very much!!!

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