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We will utilize a set of imaging modalities including computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), and a suite of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tools, to investigate the changes in the human brain resulting from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
We will recruit mTBI subjects and control subjects. Each subject will undergo the set of imaging modalities, and the results will be analyzed for differences at the structural, physiological, and molecular levels. The long term goal of this research is the development of a method to diagnose mTBI based on physical markers. This is a phased project beginning with a pilot study followed by future studies with larger sample sizes.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Not yet recruiting
Kettering Health Network
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:16:51-0400
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A form of acquired brain injury which occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain.
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Traumatic injuries to the cranium where the integrity of the skull is not compromised and no bone fragments or other objects penetrate the skull and dura mater. This frequently results in mechanical injury being transmitted to intracranial structures which may produce traumatic brain injuries, hemorrhage, or cranial nerve injury. (From Rowland, Merritt's Textbook of Neurology, 9th ed, p417)
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