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Medical News & Perspectives
January 17, 2007

Brain Scan May Predict Schizophrenia

JAMA. 2007;297(3):253. doi:10.1001/jama.297.3.253

Changes in the brains of individuals at high risk for developing schizophrenia may help scientists predict those who will go on to develop the disease.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland hypothesized that a reduction of the brain's gray matter precedes the onset of schizophrenia. To test this theory, the scientists used structural magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brains of 65 individuals with a family history of the disorder (Job DE et al. BMC Med. 2006;4:29).