Autistic Spectrum Disorder, MRI Brain Scan Diagnoses In Aspergers Autism

Asperger's Syndrome Effects 1% Of The Population

This article tells you about some wonderful developments in autism. Asperger’s syndrome is a condition that effects about 1% of the population. There is a lengthy diagnosis procedure that often takes a team of specialist people to formulate what, might be considered, a subjective diagnosis. A new scanning method that takes approximately 15 minutes has been developed to help diagnose an autistic spectrum disorder accurately.  This is a procedure that confirms or clarifies ASD in a very reliable manner.  For this breakthrough in a brilliant research technique that can change the lives of many, please read more!


-* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--*

World Of Autism A-Store

My A-Store is cram-packed full of great specialist information and products especially picked and recommended by me to you!

Why not treat yourself to a better autistic understanding by clicking:

Brain Scanning Produces 90% Accuracy

The good news is that through brain scans, scientists have managed to identify parts of the brain associated with autism, when comparing with an ordinary functioning brain. This is with 90% accuracy, according to the institute of psychiatry at Kings College, London.

-* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--*

Autism Diagnosis Through Brain Scanning

Asperger's Syndrome And Miss Diagnosis

In the past, people with Asperger’s syndrome had to go through an extensive diagnosis process with a team of experts. This would be time consuming, floored with misdiagnosis and often led to some people labelled with mental health problems. Of course, many would be treated with medications and therapies that were inappropriate due to the problems in diagnosing this learning difficulty.

-* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--*

Asperger's Syndrome Is A Very Individualised Condition

Autistic spectrum disorders, like Asperger’s syndrome, is a condition associated with difficulties and anxieties within a social setting. This is a very individual condition. Some people suffer more in one aspect to the condition than others. Mix this with the individuality in personality, problems with sequencing, reading body language and heightened sensory states (i.e. hypersensitivity to taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight); it is understandable that such miss diagnosis is not a rarity.

-* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--*

MRI Brain Scanning Diagnoses Asperger's Syndrome Within 15 Minutes

Through MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), a diagnostic of autistic spectrum disorder, lasting only 15 minutes, is a real break through in autism. The benefits of quick diagnoses, for those who have lived life undiagnosed with this condition, in this non-evasive manner, is a boom. This will provide a basis to self-help for the individual in daily living and will provide the evidence that many people who have autistic spectrum disorder, like Asperger’s syndrome, crave.

For children, diagnosis can provide a path through their young lives that, in the past, was masked with a perpetual dream state and misunderstanding. For them, they will be able to have educational and care plans put in place so as they can reach their full potential.

-* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--*

People With Autism Have Differences In Brain Anatomy

With brain scanning, measuring the differences, comparing and contrasting between a conventional brain and someone with autism, produces a result that can not be disputed.

"We know already that people with autism have differences in brain anatomy and some regions are just bigger and smaller or just different in shape," said Christine Ecker of King’s College Institute of Psychiatry, London. "Our technique can use this information to identify someone with autism."

-* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--*

A Lost Generation Will Be Found With Brain Scanning

For more information on Asperger’s syndrome, I have a variety of articles that might help.  Please feel free to click on the links below.  These unique articles will provide you with a view on what to look out for with an autistic spectrum disorder.  I also cover the effects on people who have autism but have been left undiagnosed.  I refer to these people as a lost generation.  As you might conclude, therefore, the development with a brain scan that diagnoses autism for these people is a real break through.


© This work is covered under Creative Commons License

-* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--* -*--*

News - Brain Scanning And Autism

More by this Author


Comments 26 comments

MPG Narratives profile image

MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

This is amazing Shaz. I was just watching the early news over here and there was a story on the MRI brain scanning, such a hopeful development. Great article as always my friend. xx


shazwellyn profile image

shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

MPG - It is good news for autism. Of course there are always difficulties to contend with. One of the problems with autism is they might suffer with feelings of being closed in. Unfortunately MRI scanning - particularly in the head region - can be terrifying for the best of us (you are placed in a close fitting drum of the MRI - the sounds are a combination of road drills, followed by 'hydrolics'). People with autism are more likely to be hypersensitive to this and fearful. Some might need sedation which can sku the results.

However, scanning is short, reliable and the diagnostics give for a positive outcome.

Thanks for popping by M! Keep sharing the autistic word x


dallas93444 profile image

dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

As a former education Administrator in charge of the Special Ed Department, this would have been a tremendous tool. Progress. thanks for sharing...


shazwellyn profile image

shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

dallas - it looks like it could be routine practice in the very near future - great news for people with Asperger's Syndrome! Thanks for visiting :)


Baileybear 6 years ago

interesting developments. Might help diagnose girls easier too? They slip through the cracks as present differently from boys


MPG Narratives profile image

MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I fully understand how an autistic child could be anxious about an MRI scan, I am anxious when in enclosed spaces. However, it is progress and when it comes to autism this can only be a good thing. Keep spreading the good news Shaz.


shazwellyn profile image

shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Baileybear - this is indeed very exciting - especially for undiagnosed girls! It is fantastic that we now have something that can be measured for aspergers! Thanks for dropping by! :)


shazwellyn profile image

shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

@MPG - yes, this progress is fantastic and it would be down to the skills of the radiographer to ensure that the scanning procedure is less daunting. It is, after all, 15 minutes. I have been in MRI rooms with patients of scanning times of up to an hour! So, 15 minutes is not a long time.

Thank you for your valued comments :)


billyaustindillon profile image

billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Shaz an excellent article and welcome news to what must be a very diffcult to go through. Iw as not aware one percent of the population suffered from Asprgers so this si indeed a very far reaching development. I agree it can be a scary, locked in feeling getting an MRI. I can only imagine what it would be like with aspergers.


embee77 profile image

embee77 6 years ago

Shaz, this is a wonderful piece, full of hope for discovering the "hidden" generation of girls and women who deal with Aspergers. I personally think there are millions out there, even more than 1%. For example, there's research tying ADD without hyperactivity to the autism spectrum. I would tend to use caution when trying to rely on a single test for diagnosis - tho the MRI will be a great tool. Some labs give the patients earphones for music of their choice and cover their eyes if they wish. It worked for me!


shazwellyn profile image

shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hey BillyAustin! The 1% stat I got from the Guardian newspaper and it is interesting to note how 'popular' a condition like this is!

Thanks for reading and to have asperger's is not a big deal, just a different way of thinking that can be genius on one hand, but a difficulty is learning on the other. It is very much a yin yang condition :)


shazwellyn profile image

shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Embee - I agree that one diagnostic method might be unreliable, however, in order to get to the MRI stage, someone (ie clinical psychologist or health care professional) would have had a incling in order to make the referral in the first place. So, the mere fact of getting to there means you are half way toward diagnosis. This new procedure is something concrete for medics to go on - something that confirms suspicions! I bet that a time will come, one day, that you will be able to measure - through brain activity - those who are 'wired' to be murderers, saints and victims (for example). Then could we say that these people have a choice but to be who they are? This would certainly be contraversial, don't you think?

Always lovely to see you embee and thanks for reading - a lost generation has been found!


embee77 profile image

embee77 6 years ago

Yes, it would be VERY controversial if we could identify behaviors people are prone to based on their genetics or brain chemistry. Knowing it wouldn't make it easier for them to control their behavior, tho. What ethical dilemmas for individuals and society. Maybe we really don't want to know!


dawnM profile image

dawnM 6 years ago from Camarillo, CA

very good hub and needed information, to parents who are desperatly trying to help their child, it is very hard to fully understand this disorder, but it does help to have a proper diagnosis


shazwellyn profile image

shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Embee77 - I have always developed the idea that everyone has their reasons for behaving in a way that they do, just because society doesn't understand it, doesn't mean that it isn't valid to the individual. So, what constitutes to people's nature? Is it that people that are 'wired' in a certain way can not help themselves? Would it be that we need to be a more tolerant and liberal society in helping people who have natural tendancies to unsocial behaviour?

All theses are contraversial issues and as technology evolves, so will our understanding of people - and, hopefully, therapy for helping others to rewire their brains. http://hubpages.com/literature/Self-Help-The-Winne...


shazwellyn profile image

shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

DawnM - it is very good for everyone who could have asperger's syndrome - admittedly, children will benefit more and can be educated to help themselves with social issue.

Thank you for reading and spread the love!


cindyvine profile image

cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Have definitely some kids at our school with undiagnosed aspergers!


shazwellyn profile image

shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Cindyvine - this will be invaluable for those - what a great resource to identify these children and will certainly help teachers assist to be their best! Thanks for reading :)


Stupid American 4 years ago

Wonderful news; article could use a copy editor: it's "misdiagnosis" not Miss Diagnosis. Thank you for sharing the news. Would be great if procedure was not cost prohibitive in the States. Going through Asperger's diagnosis process now (three years of doctor after doctor for my son and lots of anxiety).


shahin8000 4 years ago

Is this treatment now available in the UK and U.S.? and Where can someone go get the treatment? And is there a special type of MRI clinic that you need to go? to get such a brain scan for in this case Autism or Aspergers. I would appreciate if some one can please let me know as soon as possible in full detail.

Thank you


shahin8000 4 years ago

Is there a special type of MRI clinic that someone needs to go and get this brain scan? for autism and aspergers.


shazwellyn profile image

shazwellyn 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

shahin8000 - My understanding is that it is a conventional MRI scanner, nothing special.

The diagnosis is available in the UK, I am not sure about the USA, however, you are best going directly to source and asking at King’s College Institute of Psychiatry - primarily Christine Ecker.

I hope this is a good starting point for your research.


LucySt 3 years ago

It's misdiagnosis. Not "Miss-diagnosis".

Miss is a title applied to an unmarried woman, or a word meaning to fail to hit a target. Something that is done wrong gets the prefix "mis", as in "misunderstanding", "mistrial", "misunderstand", or "misdiagnosis".


shazwellyn profile image

shazwellyn 3 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you for picking that up Lucy. This is an example of automated spelling which has come fowl to the automation process.


MotivateMe2012 profile image

MotivateMe2012 3 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Shaz, my son was dyignosed with Autistis Spectrum Disorder by the State of SC. I'm now in TX and the school has tested him and they are trying to tell me he is ADHD. My son is not hyper at all, very well mannored, but is emotionally detatched. He playes with other kids but he has no sensory of when enough is enough etc. He's very smart but his grades are failing. I'm stressed to the max with the school not doing anything but trying to put him on a 504 plan :(

He was denied SS for all I had was a Dipartment of disobilities dyignoses. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Singel mother losing her mind.


shazwellyn profile image

shazwellyn 3 years ago from Great Britain Author

If he has a formal diagnosis from a Clinical Psychologists, no one can dispute this apart from another clinical psychologist. Keep all formal paperwork and make a formal appeal to someone higher with your evidence (i.e. the paperwork). If you have further problems, get a lawyer!

This is my subjective view, so can only be taken as advice.

Hope it helps :)

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working