Scan may help diagnose brain injuries


March 2, 2012 2:19:19 PM PST
Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are testing a new kind of tool that could help in the diagnoses of traumatic brain injuries.

The scan lights up the breaks injuries leave deep in the brain.

It works much like x-rays show broken bones.

With more serious head injuries standard scans can't see beyond bleeding or swelling to tell if the brain's connections are damaged in a way it can't repair on its own.

This experimental scan could let doctors know exactly how serious a head injury is and help guide rehabilitation.

The technology, highlighted in the journal of Neurosurgery is called High Definition Fiber Tracking.