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Brain scanning will introduce new costs into the health care system, which judges and policymakers will have to weigh carefully against the chances of success.
Furthermore, the findings of these studies suggest that brain scanning may someday allow patients to communicate on a routine basis.
Each child underwent brain scanning as he or she observed a series of 80 photographs of different faces and then went through the series again to imitate the facial expression in each photo.
In this study, the use of Altropane together with SPECT brain scanning demonstrated a greater than 70 percent loss of dopamine transporters in patients with mild clinical disease.
On the basis of those early findings and improvements in brain scanning, some physicians are now prescribing interferon-beta-1a for patients with early signs of MS, Jacobs says.