Consensus Recommendations of the Multiple Sclerosis Study Group and Portuguese Neuroradiological Society for the Use of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis in Clinical Practice: Part 1

Authors

  • Pedro Abreu Serviço de Neurologia. Centro Hospitalar de São João. Porto. Departamento de Neurociências Clínicas e Saúde Mental. Faculdade de Medicina. Universidade do Porto. Porto.
  • Rui Pedrosa Serviço de Neurologia. Hospital dos Capuchos. Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Central. Lisboa.
  • Maria José Sá Serviço de Neurologia. Centro Hospitalar de São João. Porto. Unidade de Investigação, Energia, Ambiente e Saúde. Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde. Universidade Fernando Pessoa. Porto.
  • João Cerqueira Serviço de Neurologia. Hospital de Braga. Braga. Departamento de Neurologia. Escola de Medicina. Universidade do Minho. Braga.
  • Lívia Sousa Serviço de Neurologia. Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra. Coimbra. Faculdade de Medicina. Universidade de Coimbra. Coimbra.
  • Ana Martins da Silva Serviço de Neurologia. Centro Hospitalar do Porto. Porto. Unidade de Investigação Multidisciplinar em Biomedicina. Departamento de Neurociências. Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar. Universidade do Porto. Porto.
  • Joaquim Pinheiro Serviço de Neurologia. Hospital de Vila Nova de Gaia. Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho. Vila Nova de Gaia.
  • João de Sá Serviço de Neurologia. Hospital de Santa Maria. Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Norte. Lisboa. Departamento de Neurociências. Faculdade de Medicina. Universidade de Lisboa. Lisboa.
  • Sónia Batista Serviço de Neurologia. Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra. Coimbra. Faculdade de Medicina. Universidade de Coimbra. Coimbra.
  • Rita Moiron Simões Serviço de Neurologia. Hospital Beatriz Ângelo. Loures.
  • Daniela Jardim Pereira Serviço de Neurradiologia. Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra. Coimbra.
  • Pedro Vilela Serviço de Neurradiologia. Hospital Beatriz Ângelo. Loures. Serviço de Neurradiologia. Hospital da Luz. Lisboa.
  • José Vale Serviço de Neurologia. Hospital Beatriz Ângelo. Loures.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20344/amp.10503

Keywords:

Demyelinating Diseases, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Multiple Sclerosis, Practice Guidelines as Topic

Abstract

Introduction: Magnetic resonance imaging is established as a recognizable tool in the diagnosis and monitoring of multiple sclerosis patients. In the present, among multiple sclerosis centers, there are different magnetic resonance imaging sequences and protocols used to study multiple sclerosis that may hamper the optimal use of magnetic resonance imaging in multiple sclerosis. In this context, the Group of Studies of Multiple Sclerosis and the Portuguese Society of Neuroradiology, after a joint discussion, appointed a committee of experts to create recommendations adapted to the national reality on the use of magnetic resonance imaging in multiple sclerosis. The purpose of this document is to publish the first Portuguese consensus recommendations on the use of magnetic resonance imaging in multiple sclerosis in clinical practice.
Material and Methods: The Group of Studies of Multiple Sclerosis and the Portuguese Society of Neuroradiology, after discussion of the topic in national meetings and after a working group meeting held in Figueira da Foz on May 2017, have appointed a committee of experts that have developed by consensus several standard protocols on the use of magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis and follow-up of multiple sclerosis. The document obtained was based on the best scientific evidence and expert opinion. Subsequently, the majority of Portuguese multiple sclerosis consultants and departments of neuroradiology scrutinized and reviewed the consensus paper; comments and suggestions were considered. Technical magnetic resonance imaging protocols regarding diagnostic, monitoring and the recommended information to be included in the magnetic resonance imaging report will be published in a separate paper.
Results: We provide some practical guidelines to promote standardized strategies to be applied in the clinical practice setting of Portuguese healthcare professionals regarding the use of magnetic resonance imaging in multiple sclerosis.
Conclusion: We hope that these first Portuguese magnetic resonance imaging guidelines, based in the best available clinical evidence and practices, will serve to optimize multiple sclerosis management and improve multiple sclerosis patient care across Portugal.

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Author Biography

Pedro Abreu, Serviço de Neurologia. Centro Hospitalar de São João. Porto. Departamento de Neurociências Clínicas e Saúde Mental. Faculdade de Medicina. Universidade do Porto. Porto.

Neurologista

Consultor e Assitsente Hospitalar Graduado do Serviço de Neurologia do Centro Hospitalar de São João

Assistente Convidado do Departamento de Neurociências Clínicas e Saúde Mental da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto

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Published

2018-05-30

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Abreu P, Pedrosa R, Sá MJ, Cerqueira J, Sousa L, da Silva AM, Pinheiro J, de Sá J, Batista S, Simões RM, Pereira DJ, Vilela P, Vale J. Consensus Recommendations of the Multiple Sclerosis Study Group and Portuguese Neuroradiological Society for the Use of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis in Clinical Practice: Part 1. Acta Med Port [Internet]. 2018 May 30 [cited 2024 May 19];31(5):281-9. Available from: https://actamedicaportuguesa.com/revista/index.php/amp/article/view/10503

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Guidelines