Monday, April 5, 2010

PLN 21

I read “New Developments Lead to Early TBI Detection” By Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess, what matters is advanced brain scans that can detect injury earlier than before are among several improvements developed by military doctors and scientists to treat service members with traumatic brain injuries. Researchers at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury have focused on early detection and better monitoring of mild traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, which account for most TBI diagnoses. Several scanning techniques, including diffusion tensor imaging, single photon emission computed tomography and functional magnetic-resonance imaging look especially promising. This could help service member that have been in explosions and people that might get it in the future because of the early detection systems. Advanced treatments for brain injuries will only be effective if service members know where to go to seek tests and clinicians are on alert to recognize the signs of TBI.

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