Tests and Diagnosis
Testing for MS has come a long way in recent years. Today, patients are able to get a diagnosis much earlier than ever before, which means they can start treatment earlier. Along with a physical exam, doctors are able to identify MS using the following tests:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Creates images of the brain and nerves to help doctors look for scar tissue. Before the test, dye is injected into the veins to help make images more clear.
Spinal Tap: Fluid is taken from the spine in the lower back through a needle, and then analyzed for the presence of antibodies or white blood cells.
Electrophysiological Test: Electrodes are inserted into the muscles to measure the speed of nerve impulses.