According to sciencecodex.com, scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center have discovered a special magnetic resonance imaging technique that could help predict whether patients suffering from a traumatic brain injury will recover or not.
Measuring Water Movement in The Brain
The technique, called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), allows doctors to measure the uniformity of movement of water molecules (called fractional anisotropy or FA) within and along axons, which are the nerve fibers that form the brain’s white matter. Areas of low FA tell scientists that there is an axonal injury and areas of abnormally high FA indicate changes in the brain.
Scientists have been able to correlate abnormally low FA within white matter with cognitive impairment in patients that have suffered a concussion. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million people in the United States suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year. Of those, about 75 percent are concussions and other mild forms of traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs). Some patients experience a loss of consciousness following a concussion, with other symptoms including headaches, dizziness, memory loss, attention deficit, depression and anxiety. In some cases, some of these conditions persist for years.
Researchers at Einstein conducted a study of 17 patients that had been brought to the emergency department at Montefiore and Jacobi Medical Centers and diagnosed with mTBIs. Considering that most TBI studies try to assess cognitive function, this time scientists had the patients complete two questionnaires asking about their post-concussion symptoms and how these affected the patients’ health status and quality of life. After comparing the DTI data to the questionnaires, researchers realized that the presence of abnormally high FA predicted fewer post-concussion symptoms and better functioning, which suggests that the brain may be actively compensating for its injuries in patients showing elevated FA on DTI.
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