Brain Scans Can Reveal The Occurrence Of Autism – Part 1 of 3
Brain Scans Can Reveal The Occurrence Of Autism. A epitome of brain imaging that measures the circuitry of brain connections may someday be used to name autism, new research suggests. Researchers at McLean Hospital in Boston and the University of Utah used MRIs to analyze the microscopic fiber structures that make up the brain circuitry in 30 males grey 8 to 26 with high-functioning autism and 30 males without autism. Males with autism showed differences in the white matter circuitry in two regions of the brain’s temporal lobe: the unequalled temporal gyrus and the temporal stem. Those areas are involved with language, emotion and social skills, according to the researchers.
Based on the deviations in brain circuitry, researchers could distinguish with 94 percent exactness those who had autism and those who didn’t. Currently, there is no biological test for autism. Instead, diagnosis is done through a lengthy examination involving questions about the child’s behavior, language and social functioning. The MRI examination could change that, though the study authors cautioned that the results are preliminary and need to be confirmed with larger numbers of patients.