Imaging Tools Help Locate Minute Fiber Breaks after Brain Injury

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

If the use of a new imaging tool that has been recently used successfully to identify fiber breaks in the brain after injury is expanded, then Los Angeles brain injury lawyers expect that doctors will soon be able to better predict the recovery of victims who suffer these devastating injuries.

A team of researchers has successfully used the tool that can help doctors detect minute breaks in connections in the brain after an injury. Using this data, doctors can help identify the connections that have been damaged as a result of the trauma, and predict the degree of recovery that the patient can expect.

These imaging techniques are similar to x-rays that doctors use to determine the size of fractures anywhere in the body. The technology has been developed by a team of researchers at the University Of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. The imaging technology works by processing data from an MRI scan, revealing damaged cables in the brain.

Doctors can separate the damaged region from the non-injured area, and can compare both the sides, to understand the severity of the damage and the number of severed fibers. This can help doctors understand the potential speed of recovery of the patient.

Doctors believe that these imaging techniques will be especially useful in detecting minor injuries to the cables in the brain caused by trauma. These minor cracks in the fibers that damage connections in the brain may not show up on a CT scan. This means that many brain injuries go undiagnosed and untreated.

A person, who has suffered a mild concussion in an auto accident or during a fall, or during a sports-related accident, may not have the injury show up in the CT scan, but may suffer a number of symptoms of the concussion, including memory loss and unexplainable mood changes. These techniques can help identify and locate these damaged fibers, to determine the extent of the injury.


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