MattN wrote:I assume there could be some concerns about the pitfalls of increased monitoring and treatment. While there is clearly an upside there is often a downside in terms of false positive tests, and treatments and drugs administered triggered by such a test. Perhaps similar to argument that goes in terms of mammography and rally detection for that disease
Good point! We know the main focus on MS research/treatment has been the auto-immune theory. If this new MRI test can determine an early diagnosis, then will the MS docs push for all kinds of drugs that follow this theory? If there is another mechanism causing the inflammation and immune system reaction, then the only thing the use of these drugs will likely accomplish is more profit for the drug companies.
I can imagine these companies are already rubbing their hands at such a prospective. As often with this disease, one step forward and then two steps back. Let's hope the test can be used very positively.