Neuroimaging in psychiatry, and in schizophrenia in particular, moves ahead at a rapid pace delivering new insights into the nature of the illness and its intruiging symptoms via technologies such as MRI, fMRI, PET, and SPET scanning. How do these impact on understanding the patient in front of us? What do they mean for the busy clinician in clinic? We outline some of the recent findings in neuroimaging research of schizophrenia and consider their potential application in clinical practice.
Neuroimaging promises much in the age of modern technology driven medicine to both patient and clinician. Its immediate and vivid images of the living brain help discover the neural bases of subjective psychiatric symptoms and help bring psychiatry closer to mainstream medicine. But how does it inform day-to-day clinical treatment?
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