Teens with ADHD may have brain abnormalities

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The new scan looks at the brain when it is resting instead of focused on a specific task.

Researchers used this technique to compare images and brain function of children with and without ADHD.

(NBC) - An advanced type of MRI reveals kids and teens with ADHD may have abnormalities in their brain structure and function.

The new scan looks at the brain when it is resting instead of focused on a specific task.

Researchers used this technique to compare images and brain function of children with and without ADHD.

They found those with ADHD had altered structure and disrupted connections in brain areas linked to strategic planning and self control.

Experts say larger studies are needed to confirm these results, but they are hopeful this technology will help doctors diagnose the condition earlier and more accurately.


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