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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 487--491

Emerging MRI and metabolic neuroimaging techniques in mild traumatic brain injury

Department of Radiology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People's Hospital, Shanghai, China

Correspondence Address:
Wenbin Li
Department of Radiology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People's Hospital, No. 600, Yi Shan Road, Shanghai-200 233
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Source of Support: This study is supported by the National Natural Scientific Fundation of China (NSFC; No. 81271540 and No. 81301213) and the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality grant (STCSM; No. 08411951200), Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.144434

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is the most common traumatic injury. It is difficult to detect mTBI using a routine neuroimaging. Advanced techniques with greater sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis and treatment of mTBI are required. The aim of this review is to offer an overview of various emerging neuroimaging methodologies that can solve the clinical health problems associated with mTBI. Important findings and improvements in neuroimaging that hold value for better detection, characterization and monitoring of objective brain injuries in patients with mTBI are presented. Conventional computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are not very efficient for visualizing mTBI. Moreover, techniques such as diffusion tensor imaging, magnetization transfer imaging, susceptibility-weighted imaging, functional MRI, single photon emission computed tomography, positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance spectroscopy imaging were found to be useful for mTBI imaging.


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