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New Study: Iron Levels in Brain Linked to Disability

July 18, 2018

Researchers used novel MRI imaging to measure iron levels in different areas of the brain in 600 people with MS. They reported that people with longer disease duration and more disability tended to have higher iron levels in the region called the basal ganglia (associated with movement) and lower levels in the region called the thalamus (related to the senses). More research is needed to understand whether iron abnormalities contribute to nervous system damage, and whether this imaging method will someday help predict a person’s disease course.

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Read the paper in Radiology

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