Diagnostic tool that currently offers the most sensitive non-invasive way of imaging the brain, spinal cord or other areas of the body.
At this time, there are no symptoms, physical findings or laboratory tests that can, by themselves, determine if a person has MS. Several strategies are used to determine if a person meets the long-established criteria for a diagnosis of MS, and to rule out other possible causes of whatever symptoms the person is experiencing. These strategies include a careful medical history, a neurologic exam and various tests including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), evoked potentials (EP) and spinal fluid analysis.
A clear, colorless liquid that bathes the brain and spinal cord. Certain changes in the CSF indicate an abnormal immune response within the central nervous system, which can help diagnose MS and other diseases
Evoked Potentials (EP)
Tests that measure the electrical activity of the brain in response to stimulation of specific sensory nerve pathways; able to detect the slowing of electrical conduction caused by demyelination.