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Role of MRI in diagnosing multiple sclerosis: Magnetic resonance imaging is valuable

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 27 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1034
  1. David H Miller, professor of clinical neurology (
  1. Institute of Neurology, University College London, London WC1N 3BG

    EDITOR—In investigating the diagnostic utility of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in cases of suspected multiple sclerosis, Whiting et al have evaluated imaging findings reported in many different studies—mainly whether there are any lesions present in a brain scan.1 This approach does not reflect real life, where neurologists use a more detailed interpretation of MRI abnormalities in the context of the clinical findings to reach a diagnosis. Clinicians deal with many different clinical settings that …

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