The Walter Reed National Medical Military Center (WRNMMC) was dissatisfied
with the information CT scans and traditional MRI techniques provided
when looking into concussion injuries. By utilizing new technology and
methods, they were able to get a clearer picture of brain scans conducted
on hundreds of military soldiers. The results are intriguing, if not a
For the longest time, it was unclear how much a mild concussion negatively
impacted the brain. Doctors may have seen zero damage through a CT scan
and determined that nothing serious or permanent would occur. The reality,
as found in the WRNMMC’s research, could be much different. More
than half of the participants showed signs of internal brain scarring
after suffering only one concussion. The scars may worsen throughout the
years, causing additional or intensifying traumatic brain injury (TBI) symptoms.
Over 300,000 United States service members in the last 15 years have been
diagnoses with some form TBI. Are 150,000+ people affected by brain scarring
and not even know it? The answer is not defined at this time. In fact,
exactly how a scar on the brain’s tissues affects a person is also
not entirely known, but it is assumed to affect motor control, memory,
attention, and more. Two separate data collections from the same group
of participants also showed abnormalities in blood flow and axon white-matter
fiber health, however.
(A full report on the study can be read
MIT Technology Review.)
Support After a Devastating Injury
At Rourke and Blumenthal, our Columbus personal injury attorneys encourage
you to always take care of yourself. If you have suffered a concussion
or another form of
traumatic brain injury, please ensure that you have been properly diagnosed by a medical professional.
If your accident can be linked to another’s negligent, such as in a
car accident or
medical malpractice case, we may be able to pursue fair compensation through litigation. Call
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