In New Study, MRI Scans First Provide Way To Diagnose Autism with Near Perfect Accuracy
Autism disorders affect one in 110 children in the U.S.–or perhaps more–but the method of diagnosing the condition, which is characterized by difficulties socializing and communicating, among other behavioral and emotional problems, is largely subjective. Now, researchers may have finally found a way to objectively and scientifically diagnose the condition early, with 94 percent accuracy, using simple MRI brain scans.
Autism is generally diagnosed during childhood, but it is often difficult to detect early, particularly among those suffering form a high-functioning form of the condition; those symptoms may be less overt. With a more scientific, biological means of testing children early, it may be possible to get them the proper therapy early when it can do them the most good. Source: https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-12/mri-scans-diagnose-autism-near-perfect-accuracy-new-study