Here is My Question:
I am an adult male who has been living with MS for 40 plus years now. I was diagnosed in 1978 with RRMS and have now been told by my Neurologist that I have SPMS. My MRI scans have not changed in 12 years now. In your opinion do you think it is still necessary to continue having an MRI yearly as I am claustrophobic?
It is highly unlikely that new inflammatory changes on the MRI will be seen at this stage if the disease. Typically, monitoring clinically with a neurological exam will suffice and tends to be more informative than an MRI in the secondary progressive phase.
A. Scott Nielsen MD, MMSc
Neurologist and MS Specialist at Kaiser Permanente
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