Imaging the addicted human brain.

Joanna S. Fowler, Nora D. Volkow, Cheryl A. Kassed, Linda Chang

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Modern imaging techniques enable researchers to observe drug actions and consequences as they occur and persist in the brains of abusing and addicted individuals. This article presents the five most commonly used techniques, explains how each produces images, and describes how researchers interpret them. The authors give examples of key findings illustrating how each technique has extended and deepened our knowledge of the neurobiological bases of drug abuse and addiction, and they address potential clinical and therapeutic applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-16
Number of pages13
JournalScience & practice perspectives / a publication of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


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