5-Minute Scan Reveals Brain Maturity

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    5-Minute Scan Reveals Brain Maturity - Live Science

    A five-minute brain scan can reveal the maturity of a child's brain, according to a new study. The results could be used to track abnormal brain development and catch brain disorders like autism early.

    The study, published online this week in the journal Science, uses a specialized method of mathematically sifting through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data to form a picture not just of the brain's structure, but the way its various regions work together.

    "The beauty of this approach is that it lets you ask what's different in the way that children with autism, for example, are off the normal development curve versus the way that children with attention-deficit disorder are off that curve," study researcher Bradley Schlaggar, a pediatric neurologist at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said in a statement.