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Claire E. Sexton

, Verena Heise

, and Klaus P. Ebmeier

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date: 24 September 2021

Neuroimaging provides a way of examining the structure and function of the brain in life. This chapter gives an up-to-date summary of the methods employed in research and clinic, what is involved for the patient in taking part in imaging, and the clinical applications, both current and about to enter general old age psychiatry practice. Magnetic resonance imaging and imaging with ionising radiation, such as CT, SPECT and PET, are covered. In addition we give a short summary of the applications and potential of electro- and magneto-physiological techniques. We summarise the current and potential use of neuroimaging methods in diagnosis, prognosis, understanding illness mechanisms and the brain mechanisms that confer resilience against the brain diseases of old age.

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