Brain imaging in clinical psychiatry: Why?

Brendan D. Kelly

in I Know What You're Thinking

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199596492
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191745669 | DOI:
Brain imaging in clinical psychiatry: Why?

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This chapter examines the use of brain imaging in contemporary clinical psychiatry. It is not concerned with research uses of brain imaging in psychiatry, but with clinical uses, related directly to patient care. The chapter is organized as follows. The first section discusses myths about brain imaging in clinical settings. The second section addresses the question of whether brain imaging adds useful information in clinical psychiatry. The third section considers new directions for brain imaging in clinical psychiatry. The fourth section discusses bio-ethical issues in brain imaging in clinical psychiatry while the fifth section concludes.

Keywords: clinical psychiatry; clinical use; patient care; bioethics

Chapter.  5078 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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