I have had secondary progressive MS for a number of years now. My neurologist stopped imaging my brain and spine several years ago. Are there medical guidelines for the frequency of MRIs or does it just become unnecessary at some point?
The recent guidelines for monitoring MRI activity do not recommend regular MRIs in people with well established secondary progressive MS. The type of standard MRI obtained in usual practice give us very little information at this point in the disease. In the future this may change as we begin to apply new techniques for automated image analysis to guide therapeutic decisions, so stay tuned.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego