How is a diagnosis of MS supported by an MRI of the brain and the spine?

MRI guidelines . Mri of brain and spinal cord may show areas of abnormal signal which are consistent with ms but must be taken in the context of the individual's clinical course, objective findings on the neurological exam, and no better explanation forthcoming. Ms diagnosis can be supported by MRI findings, often with additional support from spinal fluid abnormalities consistent with the diagnosis.
Shows demyelination. Recent revision of the diagnostic criteria for MS have increased the importance of MRI findings. The diagnosis of MS is made sooner in the course of the disease based upon the appropriate history physical findings and MRI findings. The MRI abnormalities suggest demyelination in the brain/spinal cord. If all other causes of demyelination are excluded, ms is the likely cause and treatment can begin.
McDonald criteria. We look for "dissemination in space", or lesions both in different areas of brain, but also spinal cord, and "dissemination in time", presence of both old and newer lesions. MRI patterns as above can confirm the diagnosis.

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Can your mri of the spine be negative for MS, but your brain mri postive?

MY MRI's? Well, thanks for asking. MY MRI's of the spine and brain...well, they're very well thank you..;) But I guess we're talking about maybe YOUR MRI's? I need to say 1 very important thing. Listen up...MRI's don't diagnose MS..qualified people do. An MRI of a spinal CORD can definitely NOT show signs CONSISTENT with MS while a brain's does. Make sense? Maybe? Got pictures? ww.healthtap.com/drsaghafi. Read more...
Yes. Yes one of the findings often seen in ms is characteristic " plaques" seen on MRI scans. These can be in the brain and not anywhere else potentially. The presence of plaques does not in and of itself make the diagnosis, so you would want to see a neurologist for accurate workup, diagnosis, and treatment. Read more...

Symptoms of MS, brain MRI showed "no significant abnormalities in the white matter" symptoms came back 6 weeks later. Next step is neurologist,?

Yes. There are times when there is no substitute for the expertise and acumen of an experienced, astute neurological diagnostician. Read more...
Symptoms undiagnosed. It is good news that the MRI looked normal. That pretty much rules out MS. It can be helpful to visit with a neurologist though, since the symptoms returned. They handle symptoms like those that occur in MS and other kinds of conditions. Read more...
Confirmation. "symptoms of MS" can occur in many conditions, and are neither diagnostic or definitive. Although the brain MRI is reassuring, your neurological symptoms should be assessed by a neurologist. A primary care doctor does have limitations, and that is why specialists can be useful. Read more...

Had a brain MRI (suspected MS) and had a call the following day to ask for an urgent scan for a clearer view. Should I be concerned?

Glasses smudged? They're asking for a "clearer view" which ain't a diagnosis. From what I've seen with patients in the UK I'd think you'd be happy to get as many MRI's of the head as they're willing to give! It's so hard to get just ONE done on somebody who's really deserving. My God woman...they're offering you TWO! By all means- get 'em done. Wanna chat about anything? www.healthtap.com/dr-drsaghafi. Read more...