, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 755–760 | Cite as

Neuroimaging as a tool for pain diagnosis and analgesic development

  • Karolina Wartolowska
  • Irene Tracey
Translational Approach


Neuroimaging makes it possible to study pain processing beyond the peripheral nervous system, at the supraspinal level, in a safe, noninvasive way, without interfering with neurophysiological processes. In recent years, studies using brain imaging methods have contributed to our understanding of the mechanisms responsible for the development and maintenance of chronic pain. Moreover, neuroimaging shows promising results for analgesic drug development and in characterizing different types of pain, bringing us closer to development of mechanism-based diagnoses and treatments for the chronic pain patient.

Key Words

Neuroimaging pain analgesia drug development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, Department of Clinical Neurology, and Nuffield Department of AnaestheticsUniversity of OxfordOxfordEngland, OX3 9DU, UK

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