Finding unseen damage of traumatic brain injury

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The hunt for better brain scans is focusing on a new tool being tested in hopes of giving doctors an edge in determining when a blow to the head causes damage that today's standard testing simply can't see.

Too often, only time can tell when a traumatic brain injury will leave lasting harm.

The latest tool lights up the breaks these injuries leave deep in the brain's wiring, much like X-rays show broken bones. Research
is just beginning in civilian and military patients to learn if this new kind of MRI-based test really could pinpoint their injuries and one day guide rehabilitation.

About 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, in the U.S. each year. TBI also is a signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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