New research as part of the Radiological Society of North America has established biomarkers of ADHD after the examination of data from MRI scans of close to 8,000 children.
According to researchers, the study gathered and examined MRI data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study.
More than 11,000 children between the ages of 9 and 10 were recruited across the U.S.
“We found changes in almost all the regions of the brain we investigated,” said one author of the study in a news release. “The pervasiveness throughout the whole brain was surprising since many prior studies have identified changes in selective regions of the brain.”
“Our study underscores that ADHD is a neurological disorder with neuro-structural and functional manifestations in the brain, not just a purely externalized behavior syndrome,” according to the co-author.
“Our study provides novel and multimodal neuroimaging biomarkers as potential therapeutic targets in these children,” said another author.