Why treatment is important
Monitoring disease activity
Talking to your healthcare provider
Each number corresponds with a certain level of physical disability. As the scale goes up, physical disability increases. For example, a score of 1 typically means a person living with MS is active, healthy, and has no physical disability. At the other end of the scale, a score of 9 typically means someone is inactive.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a way to monitor your brain. It can help doctors monitor your MS and detect any new or changing brain lesions, determine types of lesions, and help with treatment decisions.
A lesion is evidence of nerve damage in the brain.
Doctors use MRI scans to find lesions.
A lesion is a reflection of nerve damage and may not have any obvious symptoms. Brain lesions may be associated with weakness, numbness, or issues with balance and coordination. Remember, disease modifying therapies (DMTs) don't treat lesions. However, they may help prevent you from developing more lesions.
Talk to your healthcare team about scheduling regular MRIs. Understanding how MRIs work can help you have a more meaningful conversation with your healthcare team.
This is for illustrative purposes only. All lesions are different. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any symptoms you may be experiencing.