Magnetic resonance imaging (or MRI) is a type of scan that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images inside the body. In Multiple Sclerosis (MS), MRIs are used to look at the brain and spinal cord, therefore regular scans are an important part of disease management.
Some people compare MS to an iceberg; visible symptoms are the tip, and other signs of disease progression lay beneath the surface and are only detectable using MRI.
MRI and advances in scanning technology have changed how we diagnose MS. While it is an important tool in helping to manage and monitor your MS, having an MRI can be daunting. This page aims to tell you more about this essential piece of technology and help you feel prepared for your next (or maybe first) scan.
MRI has been around for many years and is used widely across healthcare as an identification, measurement and diagnosis tool, but what is MRI? Why is it used in MS? And how can MRIs play an important part in your MS management? Watch to find out.
What is MRI?
MRI and MS management
Should I be worried about having an MRI scan?
How MRI scans support treatment decisions
Common misconceptions about MRI