Which imaging procedure is used to confirm and monitor multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Although MRI alone cannot be used to diagnose MS, it remains the imaging procedure of choice for confirming MS and monitoring disease progression in the brain and spinal cord. MRI is not specific, but it is considered the most sensitive imaging modality for diagnosing spinal cord MS, for evaluating its extent, and for following up the response to treatment. [62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72]


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