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 Detecting Subtle Brain Injuries

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Date posted: 18/11/2008

New imaging methods may help distinguish brain damage from psychiatric disorders.

Researchers have shown that three novel imaging techniques can detect mild brain damage not visible using traditional methods. The findings will help scientists better define the type of damage that can lead to long-lasting memory and emotional problems, as well as help identify those who are most vulnerable to further trauma.

Such tools are of great interest to the military, which needs ways to distinguish traumatic brain injury from post-traumatic stress disorder. Both are common in veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and they have similar symptoms, but they require different types of treatment.

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