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December 2, 2010

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Could Help to Diagnose Brain Trauma

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy can be used to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder caused by repetitive head trauma, a study conducted at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, US, has found. Researchers used the technique to examine five retired professional male at

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Magnetic resonance spectroscopy can be used to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder caused by repetitive head trauma, a study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, US, has found.

Researchers used the technique to examine five retired professional male athletes with suspected chronic traumatic encephalopathy versus matched controls aged between 32 and 55.

The results revealed that the athletes with suspected chronic traumatic encephalopathy had high levels of choline, a cell membrane that indicates the presence of damaged tissue, and glutamate / glutamine.

In addition, altered levels of aspartate and gamma-aminobutyric acid were also found in the retired athletes.

Study author Dr Alexander Lin said that magnetic resonance spectroscopy could provide non-invasive early detection the condition before further damage occurs.

“By helping us identify the neurochemicals that may play a role in chronic traumatic encephalopathy, this study has contributed to our understanding of the pathophysiology of the disorder,” Lin added.

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