Advances in imaging technology have led to greater utilization of imaging tools as a diagnostic and preventative resource to look at brain function within and outside of healthcare. Within healthcare settings, advances in technologies such as functional MRI’s (fMRI), PET (positron emission tomography) scans, SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans and EEG’s (Electroencephalography) have shifted how various types of brain injuries are being diagnosed, defined and understood. Similarly, outside of the healthcare setting, these advances have also provided a gateway for studying how the brain functions while making decisions, including moral decisions.
Alongside a wealth of newly acquired knowledge about brain function and brain mapping, comes a host of ethical and humanistic questions surrounding the clinical and predictive use of such tools within and outside of healthcare.
Sponsored by the Hofstra Bioethics Center and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.