MRI scans are one of the largely used technique to detect certain diseases including cardiovascular disease, liver disease, and gastrointestinal disorders. Multiple sclerosis, greatly affects the brain, the spinal cord which can prove fatal. Every year more than 100,000 people suffer from this condition in the UK alone.
Multiple sclerosis conditions are difficult to detect as all the symptoms are not visible at an initial stage. Also, the symptoms of the disease vary from individual to individual. Hence MRI scans technique is used to detect the symptoms of the disease so that it can be treated at an early stage.
Multiple Sclerosis is also greatly seen in children and MRI scans are one of the effective ways to diagnose this condition even before visible symptoms are seen. This may treat this condition at the earliest reducing its danger. In the worst case, this condition can lead to disability. This study was conducted by the researchers from Yale University.
During this study, the researchers analyzed the effects of MRI scans which effectively show the changes seen in the brain. This changes can be reflected even before the clinical symptoms pop-up. The study was conducted on 38 children in 6 different countries at 16 different sites. Most common symptom of multiple sclerosis is a headache. A headache is a common condition and usually, it affects many people. Hence headache cannot be a concrete symptom of this disorder.
This was the first study to prove that MRI findings of multiple sclerosis, without any symptoms of the condition in children. This condition was initially seen only in adults. This group of children needs to be examined more closely to determine the symptoms of clinical multiple sclerosis. The study related to this has been published in the journal Neurology.
The MRI scans of these children have shown a presence of spinal fluid which is one of the risk factors of multiple sclerosis. This study will help medical experts to suggest proper medication and follow up with the clients accordingly.