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Brain Scans to Detect Autism

Brain Scans to Detect Autism

Medical professional now can employ brain scans to detect autism.

In babies only 6 months old, signs of autism can be found with brain scans. Medical science has been making great strides lately. In past years diagnosing autism was very difficult. Now using brain scans to detect autism the process has been dramatically shortened.

Many patients were not being diagnosed until very late in their formative years. Advancements in understanding, technology and overall autism awareness contributed to being able to diagnose autism at the age of 2 or 3 yrs.

Brain Scans to Detect AutismNow, using brain scans to detect autism, we are able to provide intervention at a much earlier stage. Treating autism in it’s earliest stage is critical to success in treating autism.

Researchers at McGill University in Canada have used been able to see signs of autism in it’s earliest stages with brain scans.

This has been noted by psychcentral.com and posted by Janice Wood, an Associate News Editor. The finding were published by American Journal of Psychiatry.

Brain Scans Detect Signs of Autism in Infants as Young as 6 Months

“The difference between high-risk infants that developed autism and those that did not was specifically in white matter tract development — fiber pathways that connect brain regions.”

The study followed 92 infants from 6 months to age 2. All were considered at high risk for autism, as they had older siblings with the developmental disorder. Each infant had a special type of MRI scan, known as diffusion tensor imaging, at 6 months and a behavioral assessment at 24 months.

At 24 months, 30 percent of infants in the study were diagnosed with autism. White matter tract development for 12 of the 15 tracts examined differed significantly between the infants who developed autism and those who did not, the researchers noted.

Researchers evaluated fractional anisotropy (FA), a measure of white matter organization based on the movement of water through tissue.

Differences in FA values were greatest at 6 and 24 months, they said.

Early in the study, infants who developed autism showed elevated FA values along these tracts, which decreased over time, so that by 24 months autistic infants had lower FA values than infants without autism.

This is fantastic news and you can read more at http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/06/28/brain-scans-detect-signs-of-autism-in-infants-as-young-as-6-months/40779.html

For those of us who have young infants or are expecting new additions to their families, the fear of their babies developing autism is ever increasing. Autistic rates in children has increased, and parents are becoming more proactive in looking for signs of autism.

Now using technology doctors can detect autism with brain scans long before any outward signs of autistic behavior can be noticed.

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