MS is a disabling neurological disease with a highly variable clinical course including acute disability (relapses when symptoms appear or worsen) and disease progression (steady accumulation of disability in the absence of relapses). There is currently no approved treatment for progressive MS. A principal pathology of MS is the destruction of myelin, which surrounds nerves to speed up signal conduction. We have developed a magnetic resonance imaging technique that provides quantitative measurements of myelin. Our aim is to establish myelin water imaging as a biomarker for disease progression, allowing efficient clinical trials to establish effective treatment options for progressive MS.
People with clinically diagnosed multiple sclerosis as well as healthy controls.
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