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Diffuse Optical Tomography on Concussed Adults

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Concussion has been defined as a “complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by traumatic brain injury”. It is a brain injury characterized by the absence of gross anatomical lesions.

Currently, concussion can be diagnosed clinically only. However, the scientific community is trying to enhance the ability to diagnose concussion. Different authors reported a pathological neuronal activation pattern on concussed patients using a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Furthermore, in the University Hospital of Birmingham a study is undertaken by Dr Di Pietro PhD in order to identify biomarkers in the blood and saliva of concussed patients.

This presentation will broadly discuss these studies and it will explain how the Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) can be part of the assessment of concussed patients. It will also explain how aerobic fitness can potentially improve the recovery from concussion and how we can assess this through the fNIRS.

This talk is part of the Medical Imaging Research Seminars series.

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