Paul asks Tony about the role of MRI scans in the diagnosis of MS at ECTRIMS 2016.
So as far as I know you chaired the session on MRI and its role in MS diagnosis and monitoring progression and all that, can you tell us a bit more about that?
Yes, MRI’s been very useful in establishing the diagnosis of MS and it’s quite a nice technology. So before, it would take five to ten years to establish the diagnosis and that would create quite long delays in counselling and treatments. Now, with a single MRI we can diagnose people almost immediately and I think that’s a good thing. We now have treatments that can really impact on people’s lives and with good safety profile and the sooner we start, the sooner we prevent brain injury, establish a healthy lifestyle, the better off people I think with newly diagnosed MS will be in the long term.