Journal of Neurology

, Volume 244, Issue 4, pp 266–270 | Cite as

Intra-observer reproducibility in measuring new putative MR markers of demyelination and axonal loss in multiple sclerosis: a comparison with conventional T2-weighted images

  • Marco Rovaris
  • Massimo Filippi
  • Giliola Calori
  • Mariemma Rodegher
  • Adriana Campi
  • Bruno Colombo
  • Giancarlo Comi
Original Communication


New magnetic resonance (MR) measures considered to be putative markers of demyelination and axonal loss were found to be more closely related to clinical disability than T2-weighted MR imaging (MRI) findings in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). In this study, we evaluated the reproducibility of such measurements in order to assess their reliability for longitudinal studies in MS. The intra-observer coefficients of variation for repeated measurements did not significantly differ among the MR techniques studied [2.6% for T2-weighted MRI, 4.38% for unenhanced T1-weighted MRI, 3.65% for magnetisation transfer imaging (MTI) and 2.28% for spinal cord cross-sectional area at C5]. Our findings suggest that non-conventional MR techniques may be reliable outcome measures for clinical trials in MS.

Key words

Multiple sclerosis Magnetic resonance imaging Magnetisation tranfer imaging Spinal cord Measurement reproducibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Rovaris
    • 1
  • Massimo Filippi
    • 1
  • Giliola Calori
    • 3
  • Mariemma Rodegher
    • 1
  • Adriana Campi
    • 2
  • Bruno Colombo
    • 1
  • Giancarlo Comi
    • 1
  1. 1.MS Biosignal Analysis Centre, Department of Neurology, Scientific Institute Ospedale San RaffaeleUniversity of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Neuroradiology, Scientific Institute Ospedale San RaffaeleUniversity of MilanMilanItaly
  3. 3.Department of Medical Statistics, Scientific Institute Ospedale San RaffaeleUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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