MRI During Infancy May Predict Autism in High-Risk Kids

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[Source: Psych Central]

A first-of-its-kind study used electronic imaging to correctly predict 80 percent of high-risk infants who would later meet criteria for autism at two years of age.

The research was performed on infants with older siblings with autism. Scientists used brain measurements and a computer algorithm to accurately predict autism before symptoms set in.

The study is the first to show it is possible to identify which infants — among those with older siblings with autism — will be diagnosed with autism at 24 months of age.

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