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MUSC Annual Report 2011-2012

Getting Inside Your Head: Brain Imaging

Imaging is a way of assessing disease in a relatively safe and low-cost environment.  Biomarkers within images give clues to the clinical status of a patient to identify those who are at risk for a certain disease, such as Alzheimer's disease and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), so they may take preventative measures.

Imaging researchers, led by Dr. Joseph A. Helpern, Vice Chair of Radiology Research and the SmartState Endowed Chair in Brain Imaging, have developed ways to probe the microarchitecture of brain tissue non-invasively.  Using this patented approach, they have been able to make progress in identifying people who may be at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease.  Once these individuals have been identified, clinicians can intervene earlier to possibly help divert, delay and perhaps ultimately prevent progression of the disease.


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