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CMSC 2023 | Adoption of standardized MRI protocol for MS in British Columbia

David Li, MD, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, discusses the adoption of a standardized MRI protocol for multiple sclerosis (MS) in British Columbia. The process began in 2019 when a survey found that only 2 out of 15 imaging centers were fully complying with the protocol. The University of British Columbia then created a standardized MRI protocol similar to the international 2021 MAGNIMS–CMSC protocol but with an additional sequence to emphasize the importance of observing changes in brain volume. A 2022 survey found that of the original 15 centers, 11 fully followed these new guidelines, which extended to around 56% of centers in British Columbia. This is important for patients who attend multiple imaging centers. However, it is important to acknowledge that some centers may struggle to implement these changes due to differences in funding. This interview took place at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) Congress 2023 in Aurora, CO.

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David Li is Emeritus Director of the UBC MS/MRI Research Group which has received grant support for investigator-initiated studies from Genzyme, Novartis and Roche. He has served on the PML-MS Steering Committee for Biogen He has given lectures, supported by non-restricted education grants from Academy of Health Care Learning, Biogen, Consortium of MS Centers and Sanofi-Genzyme.