We are assuming that MRI does not need to be done at our facility – is that correct?
No, but the MRIs should be performed on the same scanner for all patients, similar to a clinical trial. The scanner will also need to be certified for quality by the Neuroimaging Core at the University of British Columbia. There are a number of good scanners outside the University setting, but the facility must be willing to perform the minimum sequences to certify them as useful scans. The minimum required MRI sequences can be found at http://www.mscare.org/?page=MRI_protocol.