Scans carried out when someone is first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis can predict their long-term prognosis, research has shown.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are already a key part of the diagnosis and management of MS.
But a 15-year study of people with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), who can go on to develop MS, suggests they can also predict future disability.
The MS Society said more information would help patients’ treatment choices.
The organisation, which funded the study in the journal Brain, added that knowing more about their condition would also reduce uncertainty for patients.
‘You can live your life’
Dr Susan Kohlhass, director of research at the MS society, said: “For someone newly diagnosed, who gets a list of 14 treatments, who has no information about how their MS might develop, it’s really complicated.
“We know the earlier you get treatment the better the long-term outcomes.
“So knowing early what type and what kind of disability you might have is really helpful in making decisions about treatment and lifestyle choices.”
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