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November 1986

Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Clinical Correlation in 64 Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.

Arch Neurol. 1986;43(11):1145-1148. doi:10.1001/archneur.1986.00520110039011

• Sixty-four patients with possible, probable, or definite multiple sclerosis (McAlpine criteria) were clinically evaluated using the expanded disability status scale (EDSS) and Scripps neurologic rating scale (NRS). All were examined with a 0.15T magnetic resonance scanner using T2- and T1-weighted images. Correlations between EDSS and NRS scores and severity of disease detected on magnetic resonance imaging were determined. Significant correlations existed between EDSS and NRS with magnetic resonance ratings. Moderate correlations were observed in the motor, cerebellar, and brainstem subgroups of the clinical scales. Significant low correlations existed in the mood/mentation, vision (optic nerves), and bowel/bladder subgroups. Clinical and neuroimaging limitations may account for the lack of higher correlations. Significant correlations suggest the utility of magnetic resonance imaging in monitoring disease progression, and it may prove to be the technique of choice in following up patients with multiple sclero