New ME Brain Scan Study – November

A study by scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine has discovered differences in the brains of healthy people and people with ME.

Dr Michael Zeineh and Dr José Montoya compared brain images of 15 ME patients and 14 healthy volunteers.

“Using a trio of sophisticated imaging methodologies, we found that ME patients’ brains differ from those of healthy subjects in three distinct ways” Dr Zeineh said.

The images revealed that compared to those of the healthy volunteers, the brains of ME patients consisted of:

  • less white matter
  • abnormality in nerve fibres in the right hemisphere
  • the thickening of grey matter at the front and back of the brain

Stanford University is now planning a substantially larger study, supported by the CFS Fund housed in the Stanford Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases.

Sussex ME Society chairman, Colin Barton says, “This study is incredibly important as it could lead to greater understanding of the illness. If a diagnosis of ME can be made simpler by a brain scan, patients will be able to receive advice and treatment much earlier. That was a topic discussed by doctors at our recent Hove conference.”