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Brain MRIs and Imaging

Brain MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) or neuroimaging helps to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of multiple sclerosis.

Patients are seen in our state-of-the-art facilities located on the third floor of the medical center. You may park in the parking garage and then take the elevator down to 3Z reception (PDF) in the medical center.

How often do patients have MRIs?

The frequency of MRIs is highly individual as is MS in general. Some patients with very active disease benefit from MRIs up to twice a year, while other patients can go a decade or more without requiring a followup MRI.

Why do patients receive intravenous dye when they have scans?

The dye is used to help determine how recently the patient has had a symptom-free MS attack. It allows the clinician to see the affected area of the brain more clearly.

What about cervical-spine or thoracic-spine scans?

Scans of the spine, which image the spinal cord, can frequently be helpful.

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