Brain Scans Show When Patient Is In Pain

June 7, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A new study out of Oxford has allowed researchers to see the direct effects of pain on the brain.

The study was conducted on a number of patients who were suffering on various scales, as well as those who were not. In each MRI scan, those in pain showed an increased flow of blood in various regions, with the amount seeming to correspond with the reported amount of pain.

This would have a number of benefits to the medical and wider world. Jonathan Leake of The Sunday Times points out that there could be implications in the legal world, such as with accident and liability cases.

In another area, this could help to eliminate a great deal of the problems in the medical community with drug addicts faking pain for pills, which has made many physicians reluctant to prescribed narcotics to those who really need them.


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