Can MRIs Diagnose ADHD?


By Victoria Bekiempis
Filed: 6/17/14

Detecting low iron brain levels with MRI helps detect ADHD

Vitria Adisetiyo at Medical University of South Carolina led a newly published study in the journal Radiology demonstrating that low brain iron levels indicative of low dopamine can detect untreated ADHD using a new MRI technique. Interestingly, ADHD treated with stimulants have normal iron.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this technique, if verified, would make an enormous difference in verifying doubtful diagnosee of ADHD. Clearly, other conditions (i.e., bipolar mania and depression, fatigue, etc.) can mimic ADHD symptoms. And ADHD may be overlooked when comorbid or coexisting with other diagnosed disorders.
Importantly, the fact that stimulant meds for ADHD correct low iron and dopamine brain levels in ADHD suggests this treatment may be an essential therapeutic modality rather than harmful as some critics mistakingly assert. In my experience, meds are harmless if properly given and monitored. By comparison, all meds are potentially harmful if improperly supervised. The key is supervision.

About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit:

By Harold Levinson, MD


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