Brain scans for customized treatment

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MIT‘s John Gabrieli is investigating the use of neuroimaging to predict future behavior to customize brain health treatments.

Professor Gabrieli believes that neuromarkers, determined by fMRI,  can be used to develop personalized interventions to improve education, health, addiction, criminal behavior and to analyze responses to drug or behavioral treatments.

According to Gabrieli, “Presently, we often wait for failure, in school or in mental health, to prompt attempts to help, but by then a lot of harm has occurred.  If we can use neuroimaging to identify individuals at high risk for future failure, we may be able to help those individuals avoid such failure altogether.”

The cost of fMRI could pose a challenge for implementation.  Cheaper, quicker, mobile EEG solutions could complement this research, and help bring  imaging to the forefront of  treatment.

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