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Mind mapping: how brain scans could help in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder

When diagnosing bipolar disorder, doctors have long relied on psychiatric assessment alone. Not until very recently has biological testing seemed viable, paving the way for a future in which brain scans play a role. More promising still, fMRI technology may be able to identify at-risk individuals even before symptoms take hold. Professor Mary Phillips of the University of Pittsburgh explains the implications for diagnosis and prognosis across the full spectrum of mood disorders to Abi Millar.

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