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Above: High definition fiber-tracking map of a million brain fibers. Click the photo to download it in high resolution. Photo Credit: Walt Schneider Laboratory
New Brain Imaging Technique Reveals Damage Caused by TBI
A powerful new imaging technique called High Definition Fiber Tracking (HDFT) will allow doctors to clearly see for the first time neural connections broken by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other disorders, much like X-rays show a fractured bone, according to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh in a report published online today in the Journal of Neurosurgery. HDFT could provide an objective way of identifying brain injury, predicting outcome and planning rehabilitation.
The study was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.