Neuroimaging in Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Article first published online: 13 FEB 2006
Journal of Neuroimaging
Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 8–15, January 2004
How to Cite
Sokol, D. K. and Edwards-Brown, M. (2004), Neuroimaging in Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Journal of Neuroimaging, 14: 8–15. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6569.2004.tb00210.x
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2006
- Received January 15, 2003, and in revised form May 6, 2003. Accepted for publication May 19, 2003.
- autisic spectrum disorder;
Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disorder characterized by impairment in socialization and communication. Neuroimaging research has shown abnormalities in the frontal lobes, limbic systems, and cerebella of individuals with ASD. Recently, abnormal developmental trajectories of brain growth have been reported, with increases in brain volume (in both gray and white matter) seen in younger rather than older individuals with this disorder. Despite 30 years of research, a reliable marker for ASD has not been identified. Therefore, routine neuroimaging for individuals with ASD is not recommended.