Imperial College London

Professor Paul M. Matthews

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Edmond and Lily Safra Chair, Head of Department



+44 (0)20 7594 2855p.matthews




Ms Siobhan Dillon +44 (0)20 7594 2855




E502Burlington DanesHammersmith Campus






BibTex format

author = {Schmierer, K and Campion, T and Sinclair, A and van, Hecke W and Matthews, PM and Wattjes, MP},
doi = {10.1259/bjr.20180926},
journal = {Br J Radiol},
pages = {20180926--20180926},
title = {Towards a standard MRI protocol for multiple sclerosis across the UK.},
url = {},
year = {2019}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating and degenerative disease of the central nervous system. It is the most common non-traumatic cause of chronic disability in young adults. An early and accurate diagnosis, and effective disease modifying treatment are key elements of optimum care for people with MS (pwMS). MRI has become a critical tool to confirm the presence of dissemination in space and time of lesions characteristic of inflammatory demyelination, a cornerstone of MS diagnosis, over and above exclusion of numerous differential diagnoses. In the modern era of early and highly effective DMT, follow-up of pwMS also relies heavily on MRI, to both confirm efficacy and for pharmacovigilance. Since criteria for MS rely heavily on MRI, an agreed standardized acquisition and reporting protocol enabling efficient and equitable application across the UK is desirable. Following a recent meeting of MS experts in London (UK), we make recommendations for a standardized UK MRI protocol that captures the diagnostic phase as well as monitoring for safety and treatment efficacy once the diagnosis is established. Our views take into account issues arising from the (repeated) use of contrast agents as well as the advent of (semi-) automated tools to further optimize disease monitoring in pwMS.
AU - Schmierer,K
AU - Campion,T
AU - Sinclair,A
AU - van,Hecke W
AU - Matthews,PM
AU - Wattjes,MP
DO - 10.1259/bjr.20180926
EP - 20180926
PY - 2019///
SP - 20180926
TI - Towards a standard MRI protocol for multiple sclerosis across the UK.
T2 - Br J Radiol
UR -
UR -
ER -