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Mild TBI Diagnosis and Management Strategies

Neuroimaging in the Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Mild TBI, and PTSD

by David Salat, PhD
Seminar date: 5/28/2014

Description: The influence of combat-associated trauma on the brain is complex and linking such neural changes to an individual’s specific clinical profile remains far from straightforward. This presentation will provide an introduction to brain imaging procedures that are currently being used in the clinical and experimental assessment of combat-associated traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. We will additionally review recent experimental studies providing novel insights into the neural manifestations of trauma including work conducted as part of the VA Center of Excellence Translational Research Center for TBI and Stress Disorders (TRACTS). Finally, we will discuss challenges of current work using brain imaging to understand brain injury in veterans and future directions showing promise to advance progress in this area. The presentation is intended for physicians and researchers interested in learning about current brain imaging procedures for understanding the effects of traumatic brain injury as well as interested in the use of these procedures in the care of injured Veterans and administrative personnel who can help to implement such programs.

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