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Date:8/28/2007

ly one."

Dr. John Richert, executive vice president for research and clinical programs at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, praised the study findings and said they could prove useful. "To my knowledge, this is the first time anyone has made this correlation," he said.

"The correlation was modest, but it was there," he added, and needs to be replicated by other groups of researchers, just as all scientific research should.

"This is potentially important, because it will stimulate more research into what it [the hyperintense lesion] actually represents in the damaged tissue," Richert said.

Tracking the lesions may also turn out to be useful when evaluating new drugs for MS, he said.

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To learn more about MRIs, visit the American College of Radiology.



SOURCES: Rohit Bakshi, M.D., associate professor of neurology and radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston; John Richert, M.D., neurologist and executive vice president for research and clinical programs, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City; September 2007, Radiology


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