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Can multiple sclerosis be screened for prior to any signs or symptoms?

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In brief: Not easily

There are small studies looking at the risk of developing early stage MS (clinically isolated syndrome) after getting an MRI (for non-ms reasons) which has changes very suspicious for MS lesions.
The risk is low but not zero, with a minority of cases going on to have a neurological event which would put them into a clinically isolated symdrome category. Screening MRI are not currently advised.

In brief: Not easily

There are small studies looking at the risk of developing early stage MS (clinically isolated syndrome) after getting an MRI (for non-ms reasons) which has changes very suspicious for MS lesions.
The risk is low but not zero, with a minority of cases going on to have a neurological event which would put them into a clinically isolated symdrome category. Screening MRI are not currently advised.
Dr. Virginia Simnad
Dr. Virginia Simnad
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In brief: Sure

We call this radiologically isolated syndrome, when an MRI shows characteristic lesions, but the patient has yet to become symptomatic.
But this is a fortuitous finding, not from screening, and currently, seems not an cost effective way to predict ms.

In brief: Sure

We call this radiologically isolated syndrome, when an MRI shows characteristic lesions, but the patient has yet to become symptomatic.
But this is a fortuitous finding, not from screening, and currently, seems not an cost effective way to predict ms.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Yes

But it is not recommended since you are exposed to unnecessary radiation with an MRI of the brain and spine as well as a spinal tap.
Nothing in medicine is without risk.

In brief: Yes

But it is not recommended since you are exposed to unnecessary radiation with an MRI of the brain and spine as well as a spinal tap.
Nothing in medicine is without risk.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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