Let me see if I can explain this....this is not about efficacy of a drug or treatment, scorp. That is the realm of blinded trials with MRI. This is a test which has specific parameters. It is a diagnostic, not a trial.
Dr. Haacke has tested and has MRI/MRV info for about 500 pwMS/pwCCSVI. What he needs to see are normal brains. In MRI diagnostic studies, healthy controls are age and sex matched, but not blinded. Really....try to find a "blinded" MRI study with normals for diagnostics. They don't exist.
Dr. Haacke began this adventure back in Bologna '09 at the CCSVI conference. He was fascinated to see Dr. Zamboni's research as an explanation for the iron deposition in MS he had noted in SWI MRI (which he had invented.) It made sense to him, and he created:
At that point, he was putting together an MRV protocol to help doctors see flow, iron deposition and reflux in CCSVI. Now he wants to have something to compare this to. He needs to run the entire Haacke protocol (SWI, flow, perfusion etc.) on normal people to have a baseline.
I would hope that healthy controls who live near Wayne State might volunteer. I don't think you'd qualify as a healthy normal anyway, scorp. I do, and may go in if Dr. Hubbard decides to do this in San Diego.