Brain scans can reveal the age of a patient

By WEEK Producer

Brain scans can reveal the age of a patient

August 17, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:59 AM CDT

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- There's no point in lying about your age. According to a new study, a brain scan will always reveal the truth.

Researchers at the University of California San Diego looked at brain scans conducted on more than 800 people ages 3 to 20.

There were more than 200 markers of age the researchers were looking for in their brains. By combining information from all the markers, they were able to accurately predict each participants age 92 percent of the time.

They say they can use this information to track their development and detect any abnormalities.

This study is published in the journal Current Biology.

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