BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The U.S. military’s flagship medical center is evaluating a technology that could produce more effective anti-depression treatment for service members and veterans.

The California-based company CNS Response Inc. said Friday that Walter Reed National Military Medical Center will use its PEER Interactive technology in a study of 2,000 patients suffering from depression.

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The technology enables doctors to compare a patient’s brain scan with those of others in an online registry. The company says doctors can then make better treatment decisions based on the outcomes of other patients.

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U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland says the technology could help determine whether there’s a relationship between increased use of anti-depressants and increased suicide rates among service members and veterans.

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