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Diffusion tensor imaging reveals acute subcortical changes after mild blast-induced traumatic brain injury. Sci Rep 2014 May 02;4:4809 PMID: 24786839 PMCID: PMC4019232

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Mild blast-induced traumatic brain injury (mbTBI) poses special diagnostic challenges due to its overlapping symptomatology with other neuropsychiatric conditions and the lack of objective outcome measures. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) can potentially provide clinically relevant information toward a differential diagnosis. In this study, we aimed to determine if single and repeated (5 total; administered on consecutive days) mild blast overpressure exposure results in detectable structural changes in the brain, especially in the hippocampus. Fixed rat brains were analyzed by ex vivo DTI at 2 h and 42 days after blast (or sham) exposure(s). An anatomy-based region of interest analysis revealed significant interactions in axial and radial diffusivity in a number of subcortical structures at 2 h only. Differences between single- and multiple-injured rats were largely in the thalamus but not the hippocampus. Our findings demonstrate the value and the limitations of DTI in providing a better understanding of mbTBI pathobiology.

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Kamnaksh A, Budde MD, Kovesdi E, Long JB, Frank JA, Agoston DV


Matthew Budde PhD Associate Professor in the Neurosurgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Brain Injuries
Diffusion Tensor Imaging
Organ Size
Time Factors
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