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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

CCSVI update: Follow-up ultrasounds to be available for Sask. MS patients who seek Liberation treatment outside Canada


Saskatchewan residents with multiple sclerosis who have travelled outside Canada for liberation therapy can soon be evaluated by sonographers using Doppler ultrasound at Radiology Associates of Regina (RAR).

Dr. Kunal Goyal, a radiologist with the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region and RAR and an assistant professor of clinical radiology at the University of Saskatchewan, believes RAR is the first site in the province to offer the service.

The Doppler ultrasound that will be offered at RAR aims to provide timely, safe and in-province service to patients who would otherwise have to travel outside Saskatchewan for followup.
Hundreds of Canadians started going outside the country for liberation treatment after Dr. Paolo Zambo-ni hypothesized in 2009 that MS is caused by a narrowing of veins in the neck - a condition he dubbed chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI).

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