Diagnosis of brain injuries to be changed

There can be irreparable damage caused by traumatic brain injuries and what is worse for doctors and patients are that these injuries many a times can be very difficult to be figured out.

A new MRI-based tool is now being tested by scientists that brings to light the breaks these injuries leave deep in the brain's wiring and these look more like broken bones shown by X-rays.

Lead researcher Dr. Walter Schneider, professor of psychology and neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh said, "We now have, for the first time, the ability to make visible these previously invisible wounds. If you cannot see or quantify the damage, it is hard to treat it."

Every year TBI or a traumatic brain injury affects about 1.7 million Americans. There is disability in some people who survive these injuries but most TBIs are concussions or other milder injuries that generally heal on their own. Military estimates state that out of soldiers who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, over 200,000 soldiers face this problem.

According to Dr. Walter Koroshetz, deputy director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, no one can figure out how much damage has been caused by the injury and if a major problem could be caused by the next injury.