An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is invaluable to a physician for diagnosing MS, but its usefulness doesn’t stop there; its also now being used to monitor the disease’s progression.
In an interview with MedPage Today, Dr. Jerry Wolesnky of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston explains how evaluating the brain lesions caused by MS and how they may change over time is a reliable way for a doctor to determine what course of action to take in treatment, as well as to predict the probable path an individual’s case of MS will take.
“The more lesion activity that we can deduce that a patient had up to the time of their first clinical attack, the more likely we are to know that that patient’s on a trajectory that over the next five, 10, and 20 years will be one which could otherwise lead to a rather disabling state. If they have very limited disability, or limited findings on the MRI, then we have more time to be able to decide when and how to intervene.”
Dr. Wolensky’s Vitals profile lists him as one of America’s Leading Experts on Multiple Sclerosis with over 175 published articles on the disease.
Want to learn more about the signs and symptoms of MS, as well as helpful tips for coping with the disease?