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Imaging Study Finds Scars on the Brain Can Help Detect Concussions

April 11, 2016

Concussions can result from any activity that involves a blow to the head. Sports, car accidents, and other types of accidents all commonly result in head trauma. While head injuries should always be addressed by a medical professional, mild concussions are usually treated with just rest. Now, however, a group of researchers has discovered that current imaging methods used to diagnose concussions do not fully reveal the lasting damages that even minor concussions could have. Their findings could change the way doctors diagnose and treat concussions in the future.

Brain Injuries can be debilitating and lead to long-term consequences. ontlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law has represented thousands of clients with head injuries sustained in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, as well as sports injuries, slip and falls, and others. We fight for our injured clients to obtain compensation from the negligent parties that caused their injuries.

Scarring in the White Matter Reveals Concussions

The research team at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center used an advanced form of MRI to look at brain images of over 800 soldiers diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries. They found that over half of study participants had, at least, one concussion abnormality in the white matter of their brains. The white matter, which consists of nerve fibers that transmit signals throughout the body, showed shocking scars.

These findings undermine the general belief that single, mild concussions do not cause long term damage. Normal CT scans and MRIs will not find the same scar evidence and hence do not detect damage from minor concussions. Researchers do not fully understand the medical significance of their findings, including whether these scarring impacts brain functioning. Investigations will continue into this emerging and complex realm of science.

Damages for Brain Injuries

If you have suffered a brain injury in an accident that may have been due to negligence, you should be able to seek compensation from the party responsible for the accident. Brain injuries can result in considerable damages, including medical expenses, time off work and rehabilitation. Brain injury victims may continue to experience long-term effects of the injury, some of which, as suggested by this report, are not even fully recognized.

Sports-related head injuries have been in the news as of late. The movie "Concussion" starring Will Smith focuses on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disorder linked to multiple severe blows to the head. Anyone with a concussion injury who believes it was caused by a negligent person or company should consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to learn about their rights as well as the steps necessary to protect them.

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