A female asked:

Ongoing investigations for ms. 1st mri - a couple of white spots. 2nd mri - "some non-specific" changes. what does that mean?

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Dr. Mason Gasper
Neurology 23 years experience
Mri white matter chs: White matter changes on MRI are common due to sensitivity of MRI. Difficult to say whether findings are clinically significant or not. MRI is a tremendous resource for doctors and patients but requires a clinical correlation and cannot be interpreted on its own.
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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 23 years experience
Ask your neurologist: The MRI helps guide therapy; it doesn't diagnose MS nor tell you if (new) symptoms are from MS. An MRI detects changes in the "white matter" from previous scans to determine if the disease is progressing. If there are new "spots" it may NOT CORRELATE WITH SYMPTOMS (nonspecific). If so, you don't know if medications for MS are working. Check w/ your neurologist or whoever ordered MRI to interpret.
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Last updated Feb 16, 2017


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