Medical science is coming a long way fast. Most-recently, some interesting progress has been made in the area of brain scans, and how they could be implemented within the medical space. For those who are challenged by disorders within the brain, whether they be behavioral, or physical, brain scans are often used to identify those issues. However, new research has shown a trend. The trend being that brain scans wouldn’t just benefit those who are actually being diagnosed with a mental illness, but rather those who aren’t being diagnosed.
That means integrating brain scans into the traditional run of medical requests. Everything from check-up’s to requesting blood samples. However, the complicated issue is making brain scans as easily accessible as other simplistic activities. While technology has greatly improved, it doesn’t mean that the mainstream medical community is as ready to accept those parameters are typical practices. The new study is pretty wide-ranging, as well. It includes the evidence and findings of 70 scientific publications that have done research on brain related issues.
However, the lead author of the newest paper points to failing medical treatment of those who are diagnosed with particular ailments – like depression or anxiety. He points out in the paper that just 50% of those who are diagnosed with these illnesses are actually cured of the illness. That means there is an increased emphasis on prevention. Meanwhile, medical professionals could be using brain scans to prevent illnesses like this more proactively, giving those who suffer from the illnesses less time to have to deal with the illness without any knowledge of the illness or medical help.
“In so many situations right now, we have almost no idea which is the best way to promote a person’s health,” said Gabrielli. He goes on to point out that this creates a failure-free system, or as close to a failure-free system as would be possible. He said, “With this kind of science, we don’t’ have to wait for a failure. We know what will be the best fit.” That means looking at brain scans and understanding what will work best with particular patients.
Giving doctors the ability to be there and act before failure happens when it comes to treatment has many benefits beyond just making treatment easier for doctors and patients. It also would have incredible cost-related benefits. That would mean that less expensive treatments that ultimately fail, and more precise treatment that will save money and health costs for patients as well as tax payers.
The benefits for practices like this are wide spreading. It will not be limited to any particular person, or field – but will have a more all-encompassing impact on the medical world.