The first time it was seen, according to the MRI nurse.

About six years ago, I had a routine MRI scan. I'd had several before with expected results after MS for about 28 years.

This was different, though. It lasted no more than 30 seconds, before I heard the nurse say from outside the machine. "Is it getting hot?"

"Not at all" was my reply.

She continued with the added question "Do you have implants?" "Not that I know of," I retorted.

"Well we can't continue with the scan, it's spoiling the image."

With the machine switched off, I was helped out and taken to see the screen. It was a large computer screen so the image of inside my head was at least twice full size.

Shock! In addition to the normal white areas showing lesions of MS were radial lines rather like the spokes of a bicycle wheel leading from the lesions towards the perimeter of the image. About ten to fifteen in total...

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