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New MRI scan will help children with mental illness

By using state-of-the art imaging technology, new research at the Alberta Children’s Hospital aims to better understand and treat mental health disorders in children and teenagers.

Dr. Frank MacMaster, an American researcher known for his groundbreaking study of brain biology and chemistry, says he was drawn to Calgary by the prospect of continuing his work with a third-generation MRI the hospital will soon install.

“Without these imaging tools, the only way to study brain biology was during neurosurgery, when you’ve got the skull cracked open, or post mortem, when it’s too late,” MacMaster, the new chair in pediatric mental health at the hospital, said Friday.

“We just didn’t have the tools until now.”

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