Start-Up Focused on Brain Scans
DIAGNOSING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES A NEW WAY
Mental health disorders, like schizophrenia and autism, are notoriously difficult to diagnose. David Nguen, a PhD from Berkeley, has invented an algorithm to assess these kinds of conditions in a new way: through shape BrainScanology foundersanalysis software. In 2013, one of Dr. Nguyen’s closest friends committed suicide because of bipolar disorder. He promised himself that he would do something about this tragedy one day. Today, the doctor’s tech company, BrainScanology, has taken steps to revolutionize the way MRIs are reviewed and diagnoses are made. The company’s mission is to “bring clarity to mental health diagnoses within 24 hours…” and his software may transform the way doctors diagnose “Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, and ADHD…” The company believes that the software will also assist doctors in their attempts to assess whether medications for these disorders are working.