Brain Scans May Predict Autism

A special type of imaging known as functional connectivity MRI (FcMRI) may help doctors predict which high-risk babies may develop autism as toddlers. In this study, researchers used FcMRI to scan different regions of the brain of 59 babies believed to be at high risk for autism spectrum disorder and with this data, they accurately predicted nine out of the eleven babies who later developed the behavioral signs of autism. Dr. Thomas Frazier, the chief science officer of Autism Speaks adds, “Autism has been thought to be a disorder of connections in the brain, and the fact that the function connectivity MRI is a good predictor of autism helps confirm those suspicions.” Science Translational Medicine, June 2017