Functional MRI may provide a new and efficient method to characterize patients with OCD

Takeaway

  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) coupled with a novel method of analysis may provide improved characterization of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as well as new insights into the regions of the brain that may be related to the condition.

Why this matters

  • Patients with OCD can experience persistent intrusive thoughts or have repetitive behaviors. These symptoms can impact the patient’s social functioning and can increase the possibility of the patient developing a wide spectrum of additional psychiatric disorders.

  • Currently, comorbidities and physician-influence can adversely impact an accurate diagnosis.