MRIs a Useful Tool in TBI Diagnosis

A new study is championing the benefits of a procedure that may lead to better treatment for brain injury patients in the military. According to an article in US News and World Report, brain imaging is proving helpful in the identification of microbleeding inside the brain, following a a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This condition can lead to additional complications, including stroke or swelling of the brain, so early diagnosis is extremely valuable.

Details of the Study

The study involved the examination of 603 military personnel, with previous TBI diagnoses. An average of 856 days passed between the onset of injury and the provision on an MRI. The participants were divided into injuries that occurred within the past three months and those that occurred more than three months prior.

**Of the total numbers, 7% of the participants were reportedly diagnosed with at least one occurrence of microbleeding.

**Of the group with injury in the prior three months, bleeding was detected in 24% of participants.

**Of participants with injuries occurring more than one year prior to the MRI, bleeding was detected in only about 5% of patients.

According to study researchers, these discrepancies are explained by the increased difficulty in diagnosing brain bleeding as time accumulates after the initial injury. This is due to the accumulation of iron deposits within the brain.

Dr. Gerald Riedy is chief of neuroimaging at Walter Reed Medical Center and the study leader. He is quoted in the article as stating, “We found that many of those who have served and suffered this type of injury were not imaged until many, many months after injury occurred, thus resulting in lower rates of cerebral microhemorrhage detection, which delays treatment.” He further stated, “Early characterization of cerebral microhemorrhages may help to explain clinical symptoms of acute TBI and identify the severity of brain damage.”

TBIs in the Military

A TBI is caused by a sudden trauma that causes a a disruption the normal functions of the brain. This type of injury is commonly experienced by active duty military, who are in warfare situations. According to, brain injury is often referred to as the “signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.” In a combat situation, proximity of explosives leads to the regularity of these injuries.

TBIs in the General Population

Among the civilian population, the occurrence of brain injuries is equally as troubling. Each year, TBIs reportedly contribute to more than a third of all injury related fatalities. In addition, more than 2.5 million people experienced some level of brain injury in 2010. While soldiers experience these injuries as they bravely serve their country, many parties experience TBIs due to the negligence or bad actions of others. When this occurs, the victim can seek monetary damages to compensate for medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering. The assistance of an experienced attorney is vital to this endeavor.

If you or a loved one suffers from a traumatic brain injury that was caused by another, contact the experienced birth injury attorneys of Levin & Perconti today at (877) 374-1417 for a free consultation.

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