Taking an MRI of MS brain tissue is how doctors are able to locate lesions. The MRI of Multiple Sclerosis patients shows exactly where the lesions are and if they are active or not. The MRI process is a bit time consuming, but relatively uncomplicated. MS patients Before the MRI takes place, the patient might be injected with gadolinium. This colorless dye helps active lesions show up on the completed scan. The dye will only be injected if the radiologist deems it necessary.

To inject the gadolinium, the patient is first given an IV of saline solution. This IV is to prevent the vein from clotting as the dye is administered. A cool sensation might be felt as the dye works its way into the arm and through the rest of the body. Once the dye has made it through the body, the scan can begin.

Ear protection is provided to prevent hearing loss during the MRI, due to the thumping sound given off by the machine. The loud thumping is constant during the entire MRI. It’s important to lie completely still during the scan so images come out clearly on the scan. The MRI can easily last a couple of hours. Your doctor should let you know how long to expect the scan to last and the results will be discussed with you afterwards.

Not everyone is able to have an MRI, due to specific physical conditions. Some of these include having metal implants within the body, being claustrophobic, unable to lie still for 30 to 60 minutes on one’s back, and having an insulin pump or a pacemaker. There are additional conditions too that your doctor will notify you of if they pertain to you.


Reasons for Taking an MRI of MS Lesions


MRIs are taken of individuals who might have Multiple Sclerosis. They are also taken of known MS patients to keep track of the progress of the disease. An MRI of MS brain tissue will show active lesions where inflammation is present. The gadolinium makes the inflamed areas show up brighter than the rest of the brain tissue. Old lesions are able to be seen as well. MRIs can provide doctors with the necessary information to see if current symptoms coincide with the location of the lesions.

Doctors will normally schedule an MRI of MS patients to note changes in the disease. Getting an MRI of Multiple Sclerosis tissue in the brain and spinal cord is a good way to make sure the medication prescribed to the MS patient is slowing progression.