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MEDICAL: BRAIN: INJURIES AND TRAUMA : MEDICAL: IMAGING TOMOGRAPHY RADIOLOGY XRAY : SAFETY: Imaging of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients Swifter and Safer with New Technology at NIH

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MEDICAL: BRAIN: INJURIES AND TRAUMA :

MEDICAL: IMAGING TOMOGRAPHY RADIOLOGY XRAY :

SAFETY:

Imaging of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients
Swifter and Safer with New Technology at NIH


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Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:56:51 -0400
From: "NIH OLIB (NIH/OD)" <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject:  Imaging of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients
Swifter and Safer with New Technology at NIH

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NIH News

NIH Clinical Center (CC)

http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/

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For Immediate Release:  Monday, September 26, 2011

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CONTACT:

Maggie McGuire

301-594-5789

e-mail:

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IMAGING OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY PATIENTS
SWIFTER AND SAFER WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY AT NIH

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Researchers have a new weapon in their arsenal to diagnose and treat 
traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
among military service members and civilians. The National Institutes of 
Health Clinical Center began imaging patients last week on a 
first-of-its-kind, whole-body simultaneous positron emission topography 
(PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device. The Biograph mMR offers 
a more complete picture of abnormal metabolic activity in a shorter time 
frame than separate MRI and PET scans, two tests many patients undergo.


The purchase of the Biograph mMR was made possible through the Center for 
Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM), a Department of 
Defense-funded collaboration between the NIH and the Uniformed Services 
University of the Health Sciences. The CNRM carries out research in TBI 
and PTSD that would benefit servicemen and women at Walter Reed National 
Navy Medical Center, near the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. Researchers at 
the NIH Clinical Center will also use the Biograph mMR in studies with 
patients with other brain disorders, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.


"This scanner combines the two most powerful imaging tools," said David 
Bluemke, M.D., Ph.D., director of NIH Clinical Center Radiology and 
Imaging Sciences. "The MRI points us to abnormalities in the body, and the 
PET tells us the metabolic activity of that abnormality, be it a damaged 
part of the brain or a tumor. This will be a major change for many 
patients."


The new device makes patient care swifter and safer. The faster turnaround 
time and more comprehensive results will help diagnose patients at an 
earlier stage of disease, leading to better outcomes, Bluemke said. 
Additionally, traditional PET scanners combine computed tomography 
imaging, which uses radiation, while the MRI and PET technology of the new 
Biograph mMR does not. The risk of exposure to low doses of medical 
radiation from diagnostic medical-imaging tests is not known, but very 
high radiation doses have the potential to cause cancer.


The CNRM works to develop innovative approaches to diagnosis and intervene 
for the prevention of long-term consequences resulting from TBI. Under the 
CNRM Diagnostics and Imaging Program, researchers characterize each 
patient's injury to optimize diagnosis and inform the plan of treatment 
from among the available options.


"A major challenge in the diagnosis and treatment of both military and 
civilian brain injury patients is the lack of sufficient tools to evaluate 
the type and extent of injury in a given patient," said Regina C. 
Armstrong, Ph.D., director of the CNRM. "We expect the NIH investigators 
have the expertise to take maximal advantage of this technology by 
designing novel neuroimaging protocols and molecular probes that can 
significantly improve how TBI research is performed."


For more information on CNRM research, visit

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http://BrainInjuryResearch.usuhs.mil

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ABOUT THE CENTER FOR NEUROSCIENCE AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE (CNRM): The 
CNRM is a Federal medical research program that has transformed 
collaborative interactions between the USU, the NIH, and WRNMMC. Congress 
established CNRM in 2008 to bring together the expertise of physicians and 
scientists at these institutions in the National Capital area to develop 
innovative approaches to brain injury diagnosis and recovery. The mission 
of the CNRM is to address the current needs of the medical community to 
better diagnose and intervene for the prevention of the long term 
consequences resulting from TBI, particularly in the context experienced 
by service members in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring 
Freedom (OEF) and Operation New Dawn (OND).

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ABOUT THE UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES (USU): The 
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is the nation's 
federal health sciences university. USU students are primarily active-duty 
uniformed officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Public Health Service 
who are being educated to deal with wartime casualties, emerging 
infectious diseases, disasters, and other public health emergencies. The 
vast majority of the university's more than 4,500 physician and 500 
advanced practice nursing alumni are supporting operations in Iraq, 
Afghanistan and elsewhere, offering their leadership and expertise. For 
more information, visit

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http://www.usuhs.mil

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ABOUT THE NIH CLINICAL CENTER: The NIH Clinical Center is the 240 bed 
clinical research hospital for the National Institutes of Health. Through 
clinical research, clinician-investigators translate laboratory 
discoveries into better treatments, therapies and interventions to improve 
the nation's health. For more information, visit

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http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov

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ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical 
research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of 
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary 
federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and 
translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, 
treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more 
information about NIH and its programs, visit

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http://www.nih.gov

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This NIH News Release is available online at:

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2011/cc-26.htm


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