Are lab and imaging studies or procedures indicated in the diagnosis of pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Maggie A Wilkes, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Evidence suggests that MRI and positron emission tomography (PET) may be useful as future diagnostic methods. Current use is appropriate for research purposes only.

At present, no laboratory studies, imaging studies, or procedures help with the diagnosis of ADHD (ADD), unless the patient's history suggests that other pathology must be ruled out.


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