The 7-Tesla MRI scanner is making news and coming soon. This new technology allows researchers to see far more detail providing them with a superior tool and doctors with better knowledge of the patient’s condition to diagnose and determine treatment plans. The 7-Tesla was used in a recent repeat study of Virchow-Robin spaces or VRS in multiple sclerosis patients. VRS are associated with neuro-inflammation. The study compared former research done with a 1.5 Tesla MRI unit. The results, all people have some level of VRS. The ratio of VRS is 4:11- healthy people: multiple sclerosis patients. Another piece of the puzzle of multiple sclerosis is on the drawing board thanks to the new technology of the 7-Tesla MRI scanner.
To learn more about the VRS research check-out: http://www.msif.org/global-ms-research/latest-ms-research-news/perivascular-spaces-in-ms-patients-at-7-tesla-mri-a-marker-of-neurodegeneration.aspx. Image from: www.imaging.ox.ac.uk.