MRI's Help Predict The Brain's Age
MRI scanners have been utilized in research to analyze the brain and the other internal organs. These internal images that MRI’s create help scientists discover new things and find the answers to their important questions. This new MRI study shows how these scanners can be used to predict the brain age and potentially determine who is at risk of early death.
The Science Behind The MRI Scanner
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) utilizes magnetics fields, radio waves, and a computer to generate internal images of the body. MRI scanners are often used to help diagnose various ailments. Unlike other diagnostic imaging scans, MRI’s are painless and free of any harmful radiation that makes them ideal for any type of patient.
The MRI Method For Predicting Brain Age
This new method utilizes MRI scans to help give doctors a better idea of the brain’s age. By predicting the age of a brain, doctors can better predict is someone is at risk for poor health of early death. Surprisingly, this study found a significant difference between a person’s actual age and their brain age. Researchers analyzed these MRI images by focusing on the overall loss of grey and white matter.
“If your brain is predicted to be older than your real age than that reflects something negative may be happening,” said Dr. James Cole, a researcher from the Imperial College in London.
This study found that those who had a gap between their actual age and brain age have a higher risk for poor mental and physical health. Research showed that those who had an older brain age performed poorly on physical measures for healthy aging. Those with older brain age were predicted to die before 80 years old.
MRI’s are being used to not only help our patients, but to give doctors answers to important questions regarding the brain’s age. If you’re looking to undergo an Open MRI scan, make an appointment at Carlsbad Open MRI for the best diagnostic imaging care.