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It is possible to have a clear MRI and still have MS, however, the longer you go without lesions the less likely MS becomes. If MS is suspected MRIs are usually repeated every 6 months to a year.

When MS is being looked at it's best if you have a MRI of the brain and cervical spine. MS is a disease of the Central Nervous System (CNS) which is the brain, spine and optic nerve. Lesions can and do show up in any of those areas.
Your GP would have great difficulty in locating a lesion without contrast. A single lesion can cause symptoms to present. I have lesions in my brain, cervical spine, and thoracic spine (most lesions would be in the brain and cervical). You will definitely need the neurologist to run you through the McDonald Criteria. If you have a single lesion, it may be difficult to find.

The process ahead of you will depend upon your body and the neurologist. A neurologist who deals with MSers is your best choice. In dealing with MSers they will have the requisite experience to find the "needle in the haystack".

Ditto to what Snoopy shared with you. Just to add, prior to 1982 there was no MRI. Your neurologist uses the MRI as just one of his tools. If your neurologist is following the revised McDonald Criteria, you should be able to get an accurate diagnosis. :angel:

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