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Does a ct scan show ms lesions?

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Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: But MRI is more sensitive than ct for early detection of the lesions. Multiple scelerosis is one of the demyelinating diseases. Cervical spine region is one of the earliest area where the disease lesions are localized by MRI nicely. Hence for the initial diagnosis of ms it is always good to order MRI cervical spine in addn. To MRI brain. Once the dz is established plaques(scelerosis)appear in ct.
Dr. Harry Zegel
Radiology 51 years experience
See answer: While a ct scan of the brain may show abnormalities consistent with multiple sclerosis, an MRI with gadolinium contrast is the preferred method of diagnostic evaluation.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
On occasion: But not the best images for MS. MRI is the gold standard, NOT the CAT scan.

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