Neuroimaging and Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder

In a recent study published in the journal Psychological Medicine, Sophia Frangou, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of the Psychosis Research Program at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai teamed up with Andy Simmons, MD, of the Kings College London and Janaina Mourao-Miranda, MD, of University College London, to explore whether brain imaging could help correctly identify patients with bipolar disorder.

It was found that MRI may be an effective way to diagnose mental illnesses. The researchers used MRI to scan the brains of healthy individuals and those with bipolar disorder, and using advanced computational models they were able to distinguish the healthy brain from the brain with bipolar disorder with a 73% accuracy.

Currently, diagnosis of mental illnesses comes from a report of the patient’s symptoms and delays in receiving an accurate diagnoses can average a patient ten years.

Despite the promising results of the study, Dr. Frangou said, “diagnostic imaging for psychiatry is still under investigation and not ready for widespread use. Nonetheless, our results together with those from other labs are a harbinger of a major shift in the way we approach diagnosis in psychiatry.”

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