shye wrote:How does one get this type of MRI? Special machine? Only in certain big cities? or ???
I think mohzi may be referring to the Quantative Iron MRI @ Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (self-pay CCSVI testing option).. It may be a Dr. Haccke protocal??? The machine was a GE tesla 3.0 machine.
I was just there May 24th and 25th.. My Iron load was -9.275 which they said was high for my age... higher than the avg. ms'er my age.
They plot where you are on a graph and show the average person(s) line, and the average MS'er line... and plot where you are in reference to the averages.
An example (using estimates since the graph is not very detailed) for a person 40.. The avg. non-ms may show an iron load of say -7.5 and the avg ms'er the same age is at -8.5
On avg. the typical ms pt shows higher iron deposits than the avg. non-ms (healthy) person.. keep in mind (lol) that a bunch of other neurological conditions present with high brain iron load also (parkinsons, alzheimers).. so for now these tests don't reveal much.
It may be possible (some day) to correlate high iron load with ccsvi... but for now, it's anybodys guess.. I think Hackke will crack this nut if he already hasn't.
As far as getting this type of MRI... I'm guessing that any neuro. could order it.
- Forgot to add: As one ages we accumulate iron naturally.. so the older you are the higher the greater the iron load accumulation...