Research conducted by Daniel Amen, MD, to highlight the ability to distinguish between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through brain imaging technology has been named one of the top 20 science stories of 2015.
Discover Magazine's January/February 2016 issue lists the Amen Clinics director's 2015 studies using SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans 19th out of 100 science stories for the year. This placed his research just behind Tesla's new battery and just ahead of the discovery of a new dinosaur species.
Amen, who delivered a keynote address at Addiction Professional's 2011 National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) on integrating the brain into the clinical conversation, last year published two studies concluding that imaging technology can help distinguish between PTSD and TBI at least 80% of the time. It has been difficult to differentiate the two disorders because of their similar constellation of symptoms, such as anxiety, irritability and limited impulse control.