MRI Scans Being Used To Monitor Multiple Sclerosis
MRI’s are commonly used to help diagnose various illnesses, but this imaging tool is now playing an important role in monitoring multiple sclerosis. This autoimmune disease can be crippling if not properly monitored which is where MRI’s come in. The use of radio waves and magnetic fields are making an impact on those who suffer from multiple sclerosis.
MRI Technology and Multiple Sclerosis
MRI, short for magnetic resonance imaging, functions by using radio waves and magnetic fields to create internal images of the body. This technology allows for doctors to keep a close eye on patients with multiple sclerosis. MRI’s are non-invasive which allows doctors to monitor the diseases’ progress and detect new lesions.
Along with other tests, MRI’s can also be used to differentiate multiple sclerosis from other diseases with similar symptoms. By using MRI alongside patient's history and physical exams, doctors can be sure to properly diagnose and treat patients. Specifically, MRI’s are important in helping differentiate between multiple sclerosis and clinically isolated syndrome.
More About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is characterized by unpredictable disruptions in the flow of information between the brain and the body. Damages in the central nervous systems of multiple sclerosis patients can cause a wide variety of symptoms and can vary in severity from patient to patient.
Common multiple sclerosis symptoms include:
· Walking difficulties
· Numbness or tingling
· Vision problems
· Dizziness and vertigo
· Bladder and bowel problems
· Emotional changes/depression