According to new research by Radiology, researchers identified low brain iron as a way to diagnose ADHD or could be used as a biomarker for ADHD. An MRI is a “non-invasive way to measure iron levels in the brains of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a new study. Researchers said the method could help physicians and parents make better informed decisions about medication” according to Science Daily.
“Brain iron, which functions differently than iron in the blood, is required for dopamine production. Abnormal brain iron levels have been related to abnormal dopamine levels, which may explain its potential as an ADHD biomarker” according to Virtria Adisetiyo.
Why would an MRI be helpful in detecting ADHD? Here are some reasons explained in the articles.
- To prevent overdiagnosis of ADHD.
- Reduce the amount of kids on medications that might be misdiagnosed with ADHD.
- Help make better informed decisions about using medication to treat ADHD.
- Psychostimulant medications have been shown to increase the brain’s dopamine levels, therefore reducing ADHD symptoms. However, there is no safe way to measure dopamine levels in the brain, so an MRI would help.
What do you think? Could this be the way to go to diagnose ADHD?