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Can Sensory Processing Disorder Be Seen On A Brain Imaging Scan?

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (11)

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Can Sensory Processing Disorder be seen on a brain imaging scan?  Scientists from the University of California in San Fransisco believe it is possible and have the evidence to support their theory.  "Until now, SPD hasn't had a known biological underpinning," said senior author Pratik Mukherjee, MD, PhD, a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging and bioengineering at UCSF. "Our findings point the way to establishing a biological basis for the disease that can be easily measured and used as a diagnostic tool," Mukherjee said.  Read the full article for details on this ground-breaking study.


Above: Brain images showing water diffusion within the white matter of children with sensory processing disorders.

Row FA: The blue areas show white matter in children with sensory processing disorder where water diffusion was less directional than in typical children, indicating impaired white matter microstructure.

Row MD: The red areas show white matter in children with sensory processing disorder where the overall rate of water diffusion was higher than in typical children, also indicating abnormal white matter.

Row RD: The red areas show white matter where children with sensory processing disorder have higher rates of water diffusion perpendicular to the axonal fibers, indicating a loss of integrity of the fiber bundles comprising the white matter tracts.