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MRI scans could reveal early signs of autism

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December 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Researchers are getting close to developing an accurate test for autism using MRI brain scans. If they're successful, it could lead to earlier diagnosis and interventional treatments for children with autism.Researchers at Maclean Hospital in Massachusetts looked at MRI scans that picked up microscopic features of the brain's wiring. They found that some circuits are much different in the brains of people with autism, specifically in the area of the brain that relates to language and emotion.

One scientist called the results the "best yet" in helping to diagnose autism. The results from this study appear in the journal, "Autism Research."