New Imaging Analytics Method May Boost Schizophrenia Treatment

July 01, 2020 - An innovative imaging analytics method helped researchers categorize subgroups of schizophrenia patients using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data, according to a study published in NeuroImage .The technique could enable researchers to identify key patterns in brain imaging for those with mental illness, and assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mental illnesses that are difficult to identify. Additionally, the method could show medical practitioners whether the current treatments have or have not been working based on image groupings.Diagnosing and treating mental illness is an incredibly complex process, researchers noted. The same illness can present differently across patients, and there is usually no singular treatment that will be effective for all patients. Once a treatment is in place, its success can also vary from patient to patient.