Saturday, February 02, 2008

A New Technique?

The MRI has been the chosen method for diagnosing and then tracking the progress of MS. Now there may be a less expensive technique used as a marker, and it may be more detailed than the MRI in some instances. This technique may be new for MS, but it is likely you have been tested with it already. I know I have!

Neurologists from the University of Buffalo have found that optical coherence tomography (OCT) is useful in MS, especially optic neuropathy which is the first sign of MS for 20 - 25% of MSers. This is the same test that has been used for glaucoma. This test works because the retina has no myelin.

Read more about applying this procedure to MS here.

Added March 11: I found this interesting story on Being Ammey. Her diagnosis originated in an eye test.

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Merelyme said...

nope...never had this test. when i was in the process of being diagnosed i went to an opthamologist and...he couldn't see what the MRI enhancement of my left eye. i will have to read up on this.

Diane J Standiford said...

I'm not sold on this. It seems an MRI will show more. I do think the test may have caught my MS about 20yrs sooner...but what drugs would a 10yr old have to endure for decades...too soon for this..I'll have to think about it.

Vicki said...
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Anonymous said...

Never had this test done. I would be interested in finding out how its done, so, will reseach that later.

Thanks for sharing!