Neurology-Specific Information

Molecular imaging technologies are playing an important role in neuroimaging, a branch of medical imaging, by providing a ‘window’ into the living brain. Where CT and conventional MR imaging provide important structural and anatomic information on the brain, molecular imaging (MI) technologies allow scientists to visualize and measure brain function.

Researchers are using MI to gain a better understanding of the brain and develop treatments for diseases and disorders including:

  • brain tumors
  • brain trauma
  • stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease,  Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
  • epilepsy and other seizure disorders
  • mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder
  • developmental disorders such as attention deficit disorder and autism spectrum disorders
  • drug and alcohol addiction

Using MI technologies, research is underway to:

  • understand relationships between specific areas of the brain and the functions they perform
  • locate areas of the brain affected by neurological disorders
  • develop new strategies to treat brain disorders
  • develop new drugs and therapies
  • find ways to identify individuals who may be at risk for brain disorders
  • optimize patient care

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