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Abstract #0037

Developing a Universally Useful, Useable and Used Standardized MRI Protocol for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

David K.B. Li1, Frederik Barkhof2, Scott Newsome3, June Halper4, Lori Saslow4, Brenda Banwell5, Laura Barlow6, Kathleen Costello7, Peter Damiri8, Marilyn Maes9, Sarah Morrow10, Jiwon Oh11, Friedemann Paul12, Patrick Quarterman13, Daniel Reich14, Jason Shewchuk15, Russell Shinohara16, Wim Van Hecke17, Kim van de Ven18, Amy Verrinder9, Mitchell Wallin19, Jerry Wolinsky20, and Anthony Traboulsee21
1Radiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 3Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States, 4Consortium of MS Centers, Hackensack, NJ, United States, 5Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 6UBC MRI Research Center, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 7National MS Society, New York, NY, United States, 8Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, Cherry Hill, NJ, United States, 9Cortechs Labs, San Diego, CA, United States, 10London MS Clinic, Western University, London, ON, Canada, 11University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, 12NeuroCure Clinical Research Center, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany, 13General Electric Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI, United States, 14Translational Neuroradiology Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, Bethesda, MD, United States, 15University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 16University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 17icometrix, Leuven, Belgium, 18BIU MR, Philips Healthcare, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 19VA MS Medical Center of Excellence-East, Washington, DC, United States, 20McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, United States, 21Neurology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Standardized MRI protocol and clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and follow-up of multiple sclerosis (MS) have been available for over a decade. These guidelines are useful and useable, but not yet widely used. An expert panel with representatives from CMSC, NAIMS, NMSS, MSAA and MRI vendors updated the MRI protocol with the vision of creating international guidelines to be universally adopted as the standard of care for use of MRI in MS. Novel methods of disseminating information to payers, patient groups, MRI Centers and MRI vendors so that the MRI protocol will be used were discussed and will be explored.

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