I've been reading about how there was a study that could diagnose autism using MRI scans of the brain. This doesn't seem to be part of the normal diagnosis process yet. (?)
I had an MRI aout 10 years ago, long before I ever thought about autism. The clinic still has my scans. Is it worth requesting them to be posted to me? Is there any point? I have my second assessment appointment next week.
I'm sure cost plays a part - I imagine that MRI scans are expensive?
I heard it's about 500 pounds an hour or something, so it might be cheaper than a private assessment. Also one can easily get an MRI scan for free by taking part in research studies. But I think the main issue is that the accuracy of MRI diagnosis is not high enough.
Oh - not as expensive as I thought & yep probably cheaper than assessment. I was trying to guess internal economics of NHS but not putting any real effort into numbers, just a feeling. Scanner calendar availability / prioritisation could play a part I guess, but yes accuracy would be a biggie if the science isn't there yet.
If accuracy can be fixed, then I think it would be much cheaper. It takes less than 5 minutes to do a T1 structural scan at 1mm resolution. Filling in safety forms and preparing to go in would take longer, but they don't need to have psychiatrists or psychologists supervising you to do that. They could easily see over 20 people a day. No more long waiting lists!
well yes, but what would the clinician do if replaced by a 5 min scan?