According to ‘ScienceBlog’ : ‘MRI may be an effective way to diagnose mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, according to experts from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In a landmark study using advanced techniques, the researchers were able to correctly distinguish bipolar patients from healthy individuals based on their brain scans alone. The data are published in the journal Psychological Medicine’.
Now this is a potentially very important finding indeed. To date, bipolar disorder (and other psychiatric conditions) has been diagnosed on the basis of symptoms alone; this is not a simple process given the complex way in which the condition manifests and presents itself. Indeed most people who receive a diagnosis have done so only after living with the condition for many years. Moreover, the lack of a diagnostic test has lead some individuals to question whether or not bipolar disorder is a bone fide medical condition that requires treatment like any other illness.
It is very heartening to see that research into bipolar disorder diagnostics is moving apace. That, together with research looking at targeted (and individualised) treatment options based on genetic profiling promises to make life easier for those living with this complex condition.
You can read more on this exciting development here: http://scienceblog.com/63679/neuroimaging-may-offer-new-way-to-diagnose-bipolar-disorder/#DSwh0syIA1GckUtQ.99