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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services
Structural neuroimaging for
examining people who have had
a first episode of psychosis
NICE `technology This leaflet is about when structural neuroimaging should be used to
appraisal guidance' examine people who have had a first episode of psychosis in the NHS in
England and Wales. It explains guidance (advice) from NICE (the National
advises on when
Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). It is written for people who
and how drugs and have had their first episode of psychosis but it may also be useful for their
other treatments families or carers or anyone with an interest in the condition.
and procedures It does not describe psychosis or the examinations in detail ­ a member of
should be used in your healthcare team should discuss these with you. Some sources of
the NHS. further information and support are on the back page.
Information about NICE technology appraisal guidance 136
Issue date: February 2008

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What has NICE said?
Structural neuroimaging, using methods called magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI) or computed axial tomography (CT) scanning, is not
recommended for use routinely to examine all people who have had
a first episode of psychosis.
First-episode psychosis
Psychosis is a condition that affects a person's mind, causing changes in
how they think, feel and behave.…read more

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Structural neuroimaging
Structural neuroimaging involves using scans to look at the structure of the
brain. Two common types of scan are used ­ MRI or CT scanning. MRI uses
magnetic fields and radio waves to produce high-quality images, while CT
scanning uses a series of X-rays. These methods are used to examine the
brain to check whether a person's psychotic symptoms have been caused
by a physical illness, such as a tumour or stroke.…read more

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More information
The organisations below can provide more information and support
for people with psychosis. Please note that NICE is not responsible for
the quality or accuracy of any information or advice provided by
these organisations.
· Mind, 0845 766 0163,
· Rethink, 0845 456 0455,
NHS Direct online ( may be a good starting point for
finding out more. Your local Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) may
also be able to give you further advice and support.…read more


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