Misdiagnosis of ADHD

This past week, Medscape posted an interesting article about a study which examines brain function in children with ADHD. Dr. Li and colleagues used functional brain imaging to look at the brains of adolescents who have been diagnosed with ADHD. The study, performed on 20 children diagnosed with ADHD and 15 children with no clinical diagnosis, found that brain function plays a larger role in the disorder than previously thought. The article cites Carol Rumack, MD, from the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine in Denver explaining how “pediatricians and pediatric radiologists worry that too many children are being labeled with ADHD and being given methylphenidate and other drugs, when in fact, they might not have ADHD at all.” Since some of the symptoms of ADHD mimic those found in other disorders, it is important to be certain about a diagnosis before a medication, such as a stimulant, is recommended. CereScan uses SPECT Brain Imaging as a tool to examine the functional properties of the brain. This can help with a more accurate diagnosis of ADHD in children and adults. Medscape’s article is a great read, the link is posted below.

Brain Function Disturbed in Kids With ADHD – Fran Lowry