PET and MRI scans of schizophrenia


Hallucination in schizophrenia. Colored Positron Emission Tomography (PET) brain scan of a schizophrenic male patient aged 23 during hallucination. The left side of the brain is seen. Highlighted in orange are areas of brain activity. During hallucination the patient saw colored heads which spoke to him. Visual (at right) & auditory (upper center) areas of brain are active confirming the patient has "seen and heard" an hallucination. Schizophrenia is characterized by deluded thought, hallucination and depression. Brain activity (orange) detected by PET scanning, has been super-imposed on a white MRI image of the human brain.

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