TheOldManSays that I am putting this out there, again, because it is important for you to understand that this issue is critical.
MRIs of U.S. military personnel who have seen combat reveal a high incidence of brain damage, but the technology is too costly to scan all veterans
The technology is too costly to scan all veterans! TheOldManSays that the Congress is authorizing and spending millions of dollars and this important technology is too expensive?!?!
New research out of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., shows that more than half of military service members with blast injuries have a form of scarring on their brain
Researchers discovered “brain scars,” or the presence of white matter T2 hyperintensities, in 52 percent of the patients.”More than half of the military service members we studied have one or more lesions on the brain that can be thought of as scars in their brains,” said study lead author Dr. Gerard Riedy, a radiologist specializing in the brain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.In the study, 834 service people who suffered traumatic brain injuries (mostly concussions) from 2009 to 2014 underwent MRI brain scans, as did 42 adults without head injuries. Bombs caused 84 percent of the brain injuries.
>TheOldManSays to read more check out: Scans Show Many Vets Have Brain ‘Scars’
This study initiative is welcomed and the results will hopefully encourage further research. The current practice of modern war has taken another evolutionary step. Unfortunately the use of “IED’s” is the preferred weapon of insurgents due to their ease of assembly and ready supply of non detonated ordinance. It is the responsibility of the Nation to pursue the study and define protocols that will lead to improved diagnosis and treatment. This is a start, we can not let it be the end!
Dr. Theodore Henderson, a Colorado-based psychiatrist and TBI researcher not affiliated with the Walter Reed study, said changing treatment protocols within the VA appears to be a slow process.
“I could imagine it taking decades…”
TheOldManSays The bureaucracy of the VA may hinder the process; but we know that the technology we have today should not hinder the process. The cost should not limit the process either! You cannot let this issue fade away. There is way too much to loose!
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