Dr. Daniel Amen is a clinical psychiatrist and brain disorder specialist, as well as a best selling author. In this interesting TedTalk, Dr. Amen describes the importance of brain scans in diagnosing and treating patients that suffer from brain injuries as well as personality disorders.
Using SPECT Brain Scan technology, imaging can reveal the level of activity as well as where it is occurring in the brain to better inform the reasoning behind a patient’s behaviour. Whereas with traditional psychiatry, without imagery, the physician is left with trying to understand the patient’s disorder based on clusters of behavioural symptoms.
Dr. Amen also reveals the important lesson that he has learned based on his research on brain imaging and rehabilitation in professional football players; that reversing brain damage is possible and that you can change and improve people’s brains through rehabilitation and in turn improve their life.