Photos: The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Produces a Web Video on the Importance of MRIs

Friday, June 6, 2008 General News J E 4
CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 5 A Closer Look at The Value ofMRIs is now available through the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America's(MSAA) website, This three part video features: aperson with multiple sclerosis (MS) offering a first-hand account on theexperience of undergoing an MRI; a neurologist explaining how MRIs work aswell as the importance of MRIs to monitor disease progression; and an MSAArepresentative discussing the financial resources available through MSAA forthose seeking their first or follow-up MRI.

A Closer Look is part of MSAA's MSi (Multiple Sclerosis Information)program which incorporates problem solving techniques to provide viewers withan extensive resource guide, helping clients acquire the support they need.All videos feature search capabilities, printable transcripts, and thebuilt-in technology to recognize a computer's compatibility to operate withdial-up, DSL, and broadband connections.

The development and implementation of MSi is made possible through thefunding support of EMD Serono, Inc. and Pfizer Inc, Bayer HealthCarePharmaceuticals, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Medtronic Foundation, and The HorizonFoundation for New Jersey.

For more information on this program, MSAA, or any of the programs andservices MSAA provides, please contact Amanda Bednar, public relations managerat (800) 532-7667, extension 122 or

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is a national nonprofitcharitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life foreveryone affected by multiple sclerosis. MSAA offers programs and servicesincluding a toll-free Helpline (1-800-532-7667); support groups; equipmentranging from grab bars to wheelchairs; MRI funding and insurance advocacy;educational literature including a quarterly magazine, The Motivator; regionalevents and activities; MSi technology program featuring educational videos;Lending Library; cooling program for heat-sensitive individuals; and more.

The most common neurological disorder diagnosed in young adults, multiplesclerosis is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Thisdisorder damages or destroys the protective covering (known as myelin)surrounding the nerves, causing reduced communication between the brain andnerve pathways. Common symptoms include visual problems, overwhelming fatigue,difficulty with balance and coordination, and various levels of impairedmobility. MS is not contagious or fatal.To view the Multimedia News Release, go to:

SOURCE Multiple Sclerosis Association of America


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