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Could MRI scans predict the disease progression of multiple sclerosis?

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Research funded by the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society (London, UK) has demonstrated that MRI scans of individuals who have recently been diagnosed with MS could predict the progression of the disease; understanding this could allow individuals with MS to choose the most appropriate treatment options.

In the UK, more than 100,000 individuals live with MS. Aspects of the disease such as the rapidity of progression, how disabled an individual will become, and how cognitive performance may be affected can vary enormously between individuals. Until now, it has been difficult to predict how the disease may progress after initial diagnosis.

In this study, published in Brain, 164 individuals with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) were observed over a prolonged time period. After 15 years, the researchers utilized the Expanded Disability Status Scale to assess how the disease had progressed.

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