Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) research is still in the initial stages.
At this time, the association between CCSVI and multiple sclerosis (MS) is undetermined, and it is not clear whether treating CCSVI has an impact on MS. Recent studies suggest that not all patients with MS present with CCSVI, and that CCSVI can be seen in healthy individuals and patients with other neurological diseases. Nevertheless, many MS patients want to know their CCSVI status.
In response to requests, patients can now be tested at Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC) for CCSVI by one of our registered vascular technologists (RVT).
Patients will undergo a Doppler examination of the extra-cranial and intra-cranial veins performed by a member of the BNAC RVT team, trained in the Zamboni research protocol. Recent BNAC studies indicate that the non-invasive Doppler ultrasound approach is preferable for initial diagnosis and for follow-up purposes. It is, therefore, safer while yielding results similar to invasive venography and, consequently, can be recommended for initial screening purposes.
Testing is available Monday through Thursday
Evening hours are available
Patients will be informed of the results at the conclusion of the exam
A written report will be mailed or faxed within two business days