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Issue date: February 2008 NHS
National Institute for
Health and Clinical Excellence
Quick reference guide
Structural neuroimaging in
Guidance Further information
1 Structural neuroimaging techniques (either Ordering information
magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] or computed You can download the following documents from
axial tomography [CT] scanning) are not www.nice.org.uk/TA136
recommended as a routine part of the initial
investigations for the management of · A quick reference guide (this document) a summary
first-episode psychosis. of recommendations for healthcare professionals.
· `Understanding NICE guidance' information for
patients and carers.
· The full guidance.
NICE has developed tools to help organisations implement
this guidance (listed below). These are available on our · Details of all the evidence that was looked at and
website (www.nice.org.uk/TA136). other background information.
· Audit support for monitoring local practice. For printed copies of the quick reference guide or
`Understanding NICE guidance', phone NICE publications
· A costing statement explaining the resource impact of on 0845 003 7783 or email [email protected]
this guidance. and quote:
· N1473 (quick reference guide)
· N1474 (`Understanding NICE guidance').
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This guidance represents the view of the Institute, which was arrived at after careful consideration of the available
evidence. Healthcare professionals are expected to take it fully into account when exercising their clinical judgement.
This guidance does not, however, override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make appropriate
decisions in the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.
NICE technology appraisal guidance is about the use of new and existing medicines and treatments in the NHS in
England and Wales.
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