Discover a ground breaking new way of looking at Multiple Sclerosis. MS Topography is an innovative disease simulation app that creates dynamic visualizations of untreated MS using the visual metaphor of a swimming pool. Created by Stephen C. Krieger, MD, an MS specialist/neurologist, this novel app encourages discussion between people living with and treating MS. This app depicts “disease topography,” mapped in the central nervous system, as a tool to better understand the variable way MS can develop and change over time, especially when left untreated. Suitable for people with MS, clinicians, and researchers alike, the MS Topography app shines a light on many complex aspects of MS.
The MS Topography app can be used to empower people with MS through greater understanding of MS disease course. The dynamic visualizations of the various manifestations of the disease can help inspire shared-decision making between people with MS and their healthcare providers and encourage the development of goals for disease management and care. Understanding one’s individual disease “topography” can help underscore the importance of preventing the emergence of new disease activity as well as maximizing reserve, or a person’s ability to compensate for damage, by “keeping the tank full.” Consider utilizing the dynamic visualizations in this app to foster discussion about the following: