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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…


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