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Brain Imaging May Help to Confirm ADHD 06 Dec 2013 13:45 #296

Brain Imaging May Help to Confirm ADHD
Posted December 6, 2013 by Rick Nauert PhD reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

A new brain imaging technique that provides a noninvasive, indirect measure of the neurotransmitter dopamine may be a new tool to help psychiatrists and other medical professionals determine if an individual has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Researchers said the method could help physicians and parents make better informed decisions about medication.

Radiologists explain that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides a noninvasive way to measure iron levels in the brains of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Low levels of iron in the brain are associated with impaired dopamine synthesis — but alone cannot diagnose any mental disorder.


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