What suggests to a doctor that a thoracic MRI should be ordered? And how does doctor decide whether to order with or without contrast? Thanks in advance for your answer.
It is different for every patient, but in general, we definitely order MRIs if we are looking for thoracic cord involvement from MS. Symptoms would include numbness or weakness in legs or abdomen and/or bowel/bladder symptoms.
Benjamin M. Greenberg, MD, MHS
Vice Chair of Translational Research and Ambulatory Care
Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics
Director, Transverse Myelitis, Neuromyelitis Optica Programs
Co-Director, Pediatric CONQUER Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center