MRI's Reveal Differences In The Brain For Bipolar Patients
MRI’s are an important diagnostic imaging tool, but they also play an important role in giving researchers an inside look into the body. Since MRI’s utilize powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the body, they are the perfect tools for researching the brain. Let’s take a closer look into a study involving patients with bipolar disorder.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
While scientists have been able to pinpoint what characterizes bipolar disorder, they have often struggled what causes this mental disorder. Bipolar disorder is characterized by unusual shifts in mood and emotions that can often interfere with one’s ability to perform daily tasks.
There are three primary types of bipolar disorder including bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, and cyclothymic disorder. While there are other specific and non-specific bipolar related disorders, this disease is characterized by distinctive ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ in mood.
A Look Inside The Brain Of A Bipolar Patient
People who suffer from bipolar disorder have brains have differences in their brain that this MRI study has revealed. According to this study, patients with bipolar disorder have distinct differences in regions associated with inhibition and emotion. The study compared the brains of people who do suffer with bipolar disorder and those who are unaffected by the disorder.
Researchers discovered the thinning of gray matter in the brains of those who suffer from this mental disorder. In comparison to those with healthy controls, the brains of bipolar patients had deficits in this gray matter specifically in the frontal and temporal regions.
Roadmap Of Bipolar Brains
This study was the first to create roadmaps of the regions of the brain and the neurobiology of bipolar disorder. This map shows a visual of how the brain is affected by bipolar disorder. The map researcher were able to create during this study has been a monumental step for bipolar disorder research.
We look forward to seeing how MRI’s are able to give scientists answers on how to better understand disorders. If you are in need of an MRI, be sure to visit our center and meet with one of our radiologists at Carlsbad Open MRI!