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CMSC 2022 | Multiple sclerosis MRI protocol: consensus recommendations and clinician guide

David Li, MD, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, lists the efforts made to promote the use of standardized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols for the diagnosis and monitoring of multiple sclerosis (MS). Firstly, the joint publication between the CMSC, MAGNIMS (Magnetic Resonance Imaging in MS) and NAIMS (North American Imaging in MS Cooperative) on the recommendations for MRI is a step towards this goal. The CMSC has also published a booklet, called the Clinician’s User Manual, which explains how to use MRI and is downloadable from CMSC’s website ( Additionally, a standardized MRI protocol card has been created to summarize how to perform standardized MRI, including the available scanners, field strength, acquisition mode, and sequences to be used. This interview is a summary of presentations given at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) congress 2022 in Maryland.


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