The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that 12.2 per cent of the population experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in their lifetime. Professor Mountford aims to develop new brain imaging technology to assist in the diagnostic process of PTSD. Currently, diagnosis of PTSD relies heavily on subjective psychological assessment.
Professor Carolyn Mountford is a world-leading expert in Magnetic Resonance (MR) Spectroscopy. Professor Mountford and her team are currently researching a new in vivo magnetic resonance approach known as Neuro Two Dimensional Localized Correlated Spectroscopy (L-COSY) to improve the diagnostic process of PTSD. L-COSY is a non-invasive scanning technology using state-of-the-art Siemens Magneton Prisma or Skyra 3T scanners. This technology allows for undetected changes in the brain chemistry to be identified, leading to early diagnosis, intervention and potential new therapies.