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MS Protocol

Post by LisaH » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:01 am


I'm wondering if anyone can explain how an MS protocol brain MRI differs from a regular brain MRI. I'm assuming that it's more likely to show up lesions (if any exist) but I can't seem to find specifics about it. Thanks in advance for comments!



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Re: MS Protocol

Post by jimmylegs » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:37 am

take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!

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Re: MS Protocol

Post by LisaH » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:32 pm


Thanks for the link, but I didn't see anything specifically about "MS protocol" which is what I'm wondering about. Do you know if it means there are more images taken, higher quality images, etc?

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Re: MS Protocol

Post by jimmylegs » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:03 pm

i don't know enough about it to advise sry
take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!

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Re: MS Protocol

Post by LisaH » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:10 pm

Thanks for replying, though. :smile:

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Re: MS Protocol

Post by koneall » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:11 am

For me the MRI showed a lot of white spots spread out across the skull. The neurologist remarked that it was an advanced stage of MS. Even my wife noticed all the white. The S in MS means sclerosis. In effect scar tissue. The more scar tissue, the more MS. I go back for another MRI 3 months after the first one. I'm on tysabri monthly infusions now. So far no relapses since the first event--vertigo--in July.

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Re: MS Protocol

Post by LisaH » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:40 am

Thanks for the reply, koneall. Was your MRI done with the MS protocol? I'm wondering if it's designed to show more than a regular MRI.

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Re: MS Protocol

Post by jimmylegs » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:44 am

take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!

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Re: MS Protocol

Post by LisaH » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:43 am

Thank you for the link, jimmylegs! :)

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Re: MS Protocol

Post by koneall » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:53 pm

It was brain and cervical spine with Gadolinum contrast agent.

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Re: MS Protocol

Post by jimmylegs » Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:25 pm

ya i emerged momentarily from google scholar and there it was ;)
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ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
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Re: MS Protocol

Post by centenarian100 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:41 pm

Basically, it is just an optimized protocol for looking at MS lesions

There are different protocols at different institutions for multiple sclerosis. Many protocols often include specific sequences such as T2 sagittal FLAIR which is good for looking at corpus callosum lesions. Often, the protocol specifies "no gaps" between cuts in order to avoid missing small lesions. MRI of the spine also includes the T2 sagittal STIR sequence which is a fat suppression sequence which may make it easier to see spine lesions.

Some institutions may include sequences such as T2 MERGE for the spine.

There are different protocols for different for diseases. For instance, epilepsy protocols may include thin coronal cuts through the hippocampus if they are looking for mesial temporal sclerosis. This would not be particularly helpful for MS and would waste scan time.

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