New MRI Technique Detects Subtle But Serious Brain Injury

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 16:21 in Health & Medicine

A new technique for analyzing magnetic resonance imaging data can reveal serious brain injury missed by current tests and help predict a patient's degree of recovery. In brain injuries sustained when the head suddenly stops moving — during a motor vehicle accident, for instance — the force can shear and damage nerve cells. This kind of injury does not show up on computerized tomography scans, the researchers said, and magnetic resonance imaging does not yet reliably detect this type of injury.

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