Brain In The News
Army to Use Scans to Find Bomb Injuries<< Back to indexAugust 25, 2007
By Daniel G. Amen M.D.
Recently, I taught a brain-imaging continuing education seminar for physicians. One of those in attendance was an Army doctor from Fort Lewis in Washington state. He commented on the large number of brain-injured returning Iraq war vets. According to him, while the soldiers’ protective equipment is doing a good job of saving lives, the concussive injuries from the roadside bombs are causing severe trauma to the brain.
Now, the Army is beginning to embrace the same SPECT brain-imaging technology we use to help detect these wounds, many of which would have gone previously unseen or misdiagnosed in days past. Here’s a recent related story from the Associated Press…
I’m grateful to see that we’re using this technology to help our returning vets. My hope is that accurate diagnosis and effective treatment will help lessen the pain for those who’ve already sacrificed so much.
To Your Brain Health,
Daniel Amen, M.D.
CEO, Amen Clinics, Inc.
Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
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