February 27, 2006

Neuroimaging Tools in Schizophrenia Diagnosis and Treatment

Psychiatric Times has a good article on how neuroimaging has, and will, impact the field of schizophrenia diagnosis and treatment. Its recommended reading for people who have an interest in the more technical aspects of neuro-imaging and schizophrenia.

"Two subsequent decades of neuroimaging research have contributed enormously to our understanding of structural and functional differences between the brains of people with schizophrenia and healthy people. Imaging now offers insights into the mechanisms of action of drugs used to treat schizophrenia, and the genetic mechanisms that may be at the root of these disorders. Still, there is no "smoking gun" that marks pathophysiology, and imaging protocols to optimize treatment are not ready for clinical practice.

On the one hand, it is critical to recognize the current limitations of these methods for clinical practice. On the other hand, it is important for optimism to be sustained and solid research completed to advance these dramatic methods from the "bench" to the "bedside." We attempt to summarize both key challenges and promising leads from current research."

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