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What proof is there that schizophrenia is a detectable brain disease?
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Dr. Kevin Nasky
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Clinical Exam
There is no neuroanatomical 'proof' of schizophrenia (though there is no such 'proof' that headaches exist either).
There are some neuroanatomical correlates to schizophrenia (increased lateral ventricular size and corresponding decrease in gray matter), though such findings are not specific enough to be of diagnostic utility. The disease is detected through a comprehensive clinical assessment.

In brief: Clinical Exam
There is no neuroanatomical 'proof' of schizophrenia (though there is no such 'proof' that headaches exist either).
There are some neuroanatomical correlates to schizophrenia (increased lateral ventricular size and corresponding decrease in gray matter), though such findings are not specific enough to be of diagnostic utility. The disease is detected through a comprehensive clinical assessment.
Dr. Kevin Nasky
Dr. Kevin Nasky
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Dr. David Djang
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: PET scans
There are pet scans that utilize special tracers for Dopamine receptors that show unique characteristics in schizophrenic patients.
These scans are not necessary to make a clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia, but they confirm that schizophrenia is a "hardware" problem rather than a "software" problem.

In brief: PET scans
There are pet scans that utilize special tracers for Dopamine receptors that show unique characteristics in schizophrenic patients.
These scans are not necessary to make a clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia, but they confirm that schizophrenia is a "hardware" problem rather than a "software" problem.
Dr. David Djang
Dr. David Djang
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Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
In brief: Schizophrenia
Neuro-imaging studies such as pet scans to detect brain changes on radiographs, and neuro-chemistry work to detect neurotransmitter abnormalities.

In brief: Schizophrenia
Neuro-imaging studies such as pet scans to detect brain changes on radiographs, and neuro-chemistry work to detect neurotransmitter abnormalities.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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