Comment for “Is MRI Imaging the Answer for Diagnosing Mental Illnesses?”

One must take into account the rapid rate at which advances occur in both the scientific community and medicine when constituting something as “relatively new”. As the first MRI scan performed on a human dates back to roughly July 1977, I ask that you please reconsider your stance that Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a “somewhat new science”.

I must strongly disagree with your referencing of the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging as “new age phrenology” as the article you reference articulates what appears to be a very sound study.

  • These researchers reported to have pooled data from 193 different studies resulting in
  • An (experimental group) of 7,381 patients with either schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, and or some form of anxiety disorder.
  • Which they then compared with 8,511 MRI’s from healthy patients

The data being presented suggests a reliable correlation of mental illness with the three identified regions of the brain (dorsal anterior cingulate, right insula and left insula). To me this does not present as “blindly assigning”.

Phrenology is a pseudoscience primarily focused on measurements of the human skull, based on the concept that the brain is the organ of the mind, and that certain brain areas have localized, specific functions or modules.

Pseudoscience: a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method.

Sources:

http://blogs.plos.org/neuroanthropology/2015/02/06/common-brain-mechanisms-mental-illness/

http://www.teslasociety.com/mri.htm

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/phrenology?s=t

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pseudoscience?s=t

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