According to an April 12, 2013 story in Medical News Today, “Using fMRI scans of the brain, US scientists have for the first time developed a method of “seeing” pain and suggest it may lead to reliable ways for doctors to quantify objectively how much pain patients are feeling. They also propose their study may open the route to using brain scans to measure anxiety, depression, and emotional states like anger.” This test – “Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging” or “fMRI” – is not widely available, but researchers feel it has promise. Keep your eyes and ears posted for more studies. To see the full article, click on this link: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/259005.php.
- For First Time, Pain ‘Signature’ Spotted on Brain MRIs (nlm.nih.gov)
- Brain Scans Reveal Pain Is “Visible” (natureworldnews.com)
- Functional MRI map for physical pain identified (2minutemedicine.com)
- Study shows pain really is all in your head, and you can see it (vitals.nbcnews.com)
- Pain: A Measurable Experience? (maureenabivinsphd.com)