When does an MRI really help?

A new study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that MRI scanners, used to scan patients in hospitals and in the workplace, do not help diagnose diseases or help predict who will develop them.

The study, published in July, looked at more than 1,000 MRI scans of more than 11,000 people and found that most were not reliable indicators of illness.

The authors said their findings were not surprising given that doctors were not trained to perform MRI scans.

“This is the first study to suggest that imaging does not help to diagnose disease,” Dr. Christopher Gittings, the lead author and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Queensland, said in a statement.

“We can’t say with certainty what is actually going on in the brain.”

Researchers found that people who had been scanned with the machines were less likely to have symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder than people who did not.

They also were more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, schizophrenia and asthma.

The researchers said the finding could have implications for treating people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorders.

“It is also possible that MRI may be helpful in detecting depression and anxiety disorders in some people with a medical condition such as depression,” the researchers wrote.

“We also need to investigate whether MRI is a useful tool in screening people for other disorders, and in other parts of the brain, including the limbic system, which plays a crucial role in decision-making and motivation.”

Researchers said the findings showed MRI could provide a better picture of a patient’s brain and that they should be used more often in the future.

The findings come as researchers are still struggling to understand why some people suffer from depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and PTSD and how to prevent them.