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Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

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PET is a very uselful procedure in assessing brain function after brain injury.  When procedure results are compared to neuropsychological findings, treatment can be specified to enhance recovery. Definition Positron emission tomography (PET) is an imaging test that uses a radioactive substance (called a tracer) to look for disease in the body. Unlike magnetic resonance imaging… Continue Reading

More Diagnostics – Better Outcome – Less Cost

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Hospitals that make greater use of inpatient diagnostic imaging exams achieve lower in-hospital mortality rates with little or no impact on costs, according to a peer-reviewed study of more than 1 million patient outcomes in more than 100 hospitals nationwide published in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR).… Continue Reading

Brain Imaging FAQs

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The Brain Injury Association of America publishes this information regarding frequently asked questions about Brain Imaging.  I pass this along for my readers.  Brain Imaging: Understanding the Basics  Frequently Asked Questions  1 – What is brain imaging?  Brain imaging allows scientists and doctors to view and monitor the areas of the brain. Brain images can… Continue Reading

MRI Tesla 3 Study

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I am a firm believer in the use of Tesla 3 MRI machines for the detection of microscopic lesions on the brain.  While Tesla 3 MRI has been around for use in detecting such lesions from brain injury, the technology is frequently overlooked.  In my practice I see neurologists hired by worker’s compensation and insurance… Continue Reading

ADHD Means Brain’s Lack of Reward Protein

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A brain-imaging study conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory provides the first definitive evidence that patients suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have lower-than-normal levels of certain proteins essential for experiencing reward and motivation.  The study, published in the September 9, 2009, issue of the Journal of the American… Continue Reading

Michael J. Fox Foundation Awards $1.9 Million for Development of Non- Invasive Neuroimaging Techniques in Living Brain

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research awarded approximately $1.9 million total to six teams working to develop neuroimaging technologies that would allow scientists to non-invasively visualize the clumping of the alpha-synuclein protein in the living human brain. Such technologies would dramatically accelerate research into the cause, progression and treatment of PD.… Continue Reading

Latest PET Definition

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Here is the latest Columbia Encyclopedia definition available for Title: PET scan Date: 4/24/2008; Publication: The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition; PET scan or positron emission tomography , a medical imaging technique that monitors metabolic, or biochemical, activity in the brain and other organs by tracking the movement and concentration of a radioactive tracer injected into… Continue Reading

MRI, CT, fMRI, PET and SPECT Neuroimaging

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I came across this brief explanation of some of the topics I will be presenting with Dr. Joseph Wu of University of California, Irvine, in next week’s Brain Injury Association of America Conference in Las Vegas.  Here Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Functional Magnetic Resonance (fMRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Single Photon… Continue Reading

Cost of Neuroimaging

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Insurance companies are once again trying to preserve their income by cutting health care.  The rising cost of CT and other neuroimaging techniques is prompting insurance companies to look for ways to decrease their use. There is certainly an argument that doctors have been placed in the unenviable position of having to protect themselves by… Continue Reading

Awakenings

Posted in Brain Injury News and Event Update, TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury Neuroimaging, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
60 Minutes just aired an incredible piece on new findings for brain injured people in a minimally conscious state.  The story describes fireman Don Herbert who was injured when a roof fell on him while making a rescue attempt.  Unconscious for 10 years, Don is shown waking up and being aware of the fact that he… Continue Reading