This is my first post in this discussion.
It might soon be possible to discover if someone is Autistic by a brain scan.
There is information about the new brain scan on the web site and the articles were written last year in 2010. Anyone can look it up for themselves on the web.
The computer can tell small differences in the brain so tell if the person is on the Autistic Spectrum.
It would be much quicker than interviewing the person.
I do not know if a person would count as Autistic if they behaved as though they were but the brain scan did not show Autism.
People in that situation might be denied help if they did not count as Autistic.
In the 1980s I was told that the brain scans did not detect anything wrong with my brians. People who knew me were not impressed.
I have since done brain scans for research the idea being to find out by scanning many Autistic people if their brains are different from Non Autistic people.
That research might have helped them develop the new brain scan.
Do you think the new brain scan will be a good thing when it is developed?
What would you feel if the brain scan found that your were not Autistic?
Hello David and welcome to the community.
Thank you for starting this interesting discussion. I'm sure it's one that lots of our members will have opinions on and will want to contribute to.
For people who do not know this study that well, the following links to further information about it might be useful:
An article from the Guardian:http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/aug/10/autism-brain-scan A BBC news story:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-10929032 The NAS news story: http://www.autism.org.uk/en-gb/news-and-events/news-archive/8-august/researchers-use-brain-scans-to-diagnose-autism.aspx