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    I copied this article from MSWorld...

    “Researchers used a powerful MRI scanner to monitor people with multiple sclerosis and found a link between the total volume of cortical lesions and neurological disability.
    Their study reveals that the development of lesions in the brain's cortical gray matter may be a predictor of neurological disability for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

    The scientists used a high-strength MRI to detect lesions and evaluate the progression of the disease. They published their findings in the journal Radiology.

    To track the MS participants for the study, the research team used a 7-Tesla (7T) MRI scanner. The magnetic field strength of this scanner is more than twice as powerful as more everyday versions.

    The 7T machine is also more sensitive to cortical lesions and, in this instance, it was able to detect many lesions that researchers have not been able to see in previous studies.

    "In this study, we wanted to track the evolution of these lesions and better understand where in the cortex these lesions develop more frequently," says senior author of the study Dr. Caterina Mainero, Ph.D., from the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

    The researchers in the latest study followed 33 individuals with MS. A total of 20 of these had relapsing-remitting MS, and 13 had secondary-progressive MS, the latter of which is the type of MS that shows the worst forms of disability.

    The 7T MRI detected cortical lesions more often than previous studies had managed to do, and the results showed that 25 of the MS participants in this latest study formed new cortical lesions.

    The findings also revealed that the number of lesions that formed in the cortical region was double the number that grew in the brain's white matter. Furthermore, the total volume of cortical lesions was an indicator of neurological disability.

    "We also found that these lesions can predict disability progression more than white matter lesions, which are the typical lesions of MS we've been studying for years," explains Mainero.

    Analyzing the role of cortical lesions
    The 7T brain scans revealed that the cortical lesions were more likely to concentrate on the brain's surface in areas called sulci. Researchers suggested that the flow of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spine may be more limited in these areas — making the sulci more prone to inflammation.

    These findings suggest that cortical lesions play a key role in the progression of MS, says Mainero, and should be taken into consideration when monitoring those individuals with MS.

    "We can also use this tool to see how potential treatments can affect the development and evolution of cortical lesions," concludes Mainero.

    The next step for researchers is replicating these studies using much larger populations of individuals with MS.

    The objective for future studies would then be to discover more about the correlation between cortical lesions and neurological disability, and the factors behind the inflammatory response occurring on the brain's surface.

    Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325005.php
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    Thank you! This is exciting news> Here is a screen shot of where in USA you can do a 7T machine:

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    This sounds like a really important new development. There's no date on this article that I can find but it's probably from some time in 2017.

    https://bwhclinicalandresearchnews.o...nical-imaging/
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    Very exciting news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agate View Post
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    This sounds like a really important new development. There's no date on this article that I can find but it's probably from some time in 2017.

    https://bwhclinicalandresearchnews.o...nical-imaging/
    If you click on the link to the article it says MS: High-strength MRI may predict disease progression
    Published Sunday 21 April 2019
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    I've had 2 different MRIs. The first one which got me an MS diagnosis was the little tube. Quite an experience. The second MRI was to get the Hoveround chair, and it involved just lying on a table, and wearing a mask that shielded the face, so only the brain was exposed, and the MRI machine was rolled into place.

    I should never need another MRI.

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    I've had 2 different MRIs. The first one which got me an MS diagnosis was the little tube. Quite an experience. The second MRI was to get the Hoveround chair, and it involved just lying on a table, and wearing a mask that shielded the face, so only the brain was exposed, and the MRI machine was rolled into place.

    I should never need another MRI.

    (Oh, and Agate, I won't post my MRI report....AGAIN.)
    You could try a pay-per-view system. Set up a paywall and only those who are willing to pay a certain amount can see the MRI report. Name your price.
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    Cool

    I could promote it as a chance to see a "classic" MRI showing MS!
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    The possibilities are endless! You could take a page from the drug companies' book and offer a complimentary meal and valet parking.

    Apparently it shouldn't look as if it might be educational. Cherie has a negative report on what happens when you try to present something educational. They flock to the casinos instead.

    So offer them something that seems like fun. Maybe raffle off Pinky?

    No, just kidding on that last. You couldn't ever be persuaded to do that.

    If you ever get one of those superduper 7T MRIs, the report on that ought to be even more of a box-office draw. Not everybody gets to have one of those because there aren't very many machines to do them, according to that map.
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    Cool

    That thing might pull the fillings out of your teeth!
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