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Long-term brain injury effects detectable with new MRI technique

Long-term effects of brain injuries can include cognitive impairments, and other psychological symptoms. When someone suffers from even a mild brain injury, they might be unable to focus, and have trouble remembering things. Although these short-term symptoms might be easily detectable immediately after an injury occurs, some long-term symptoms might take weeks or months to appear.

However, just because symptoms might not be apparent, doesn't mean the damage hasn't been done. Damage that causes long-term effects of brain injuries is often attributed to damage of the brain's white matter. Until recently, this damage has been difficult to detect using traditional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

However, researchers recently discovered effective techniques using MRIs that can detect such damage. This means, doctors will be able to detect whether a person has an injury that would result in long-term symptoms.

Hopefully, the detection of this damage early on can help doctors adjust treatments and better understand how treatments might be effective for injuries that cause cognitive impairment and other psychological issues.

These injuries can result from many different types of accidents in West Virginia. If someone is injured because of another person's negligence, they might be wise to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can help a person understand what rights they might have to seek compensation. This compensation can help a person pay for the many medical expenses that might arise because of injuries. They might also be able to help a person estimate what medical expenses they might have going forward before seeking compensation.

Source:  The Republic, "Medical: New imaging detecting long-term brain injury effects," Lee Bowman, Dec. 4, 2013

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