Autism Detected Early in Infancy with MRI

“Researchers from the University of California, Davis MIND Institute have found that scans of the brains of infants may help to diagnose the condition earlier.

The study was originally designed to follow the brain growth trajectories of children and determine if there was a difference in brain growth of children later diagnosed with ASD. By backtracking the data to early time points, the researchers found that children who later develop ASD have excessive cerebrospinal fluid, the liquid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, cushioning it and ferrying toxins away. The researchers also found that infants who later go on to be diagnosed with ASD have larger brains than other children, when they are infants. The test is performed by a safe and non-invasive MRI scan.”

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