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Accession Number ADA583313
Title Towards Development of a Field-Deployable Imaging Device for TBI.
Publication Date Mar 2012
Media Count 34p
Personal Author P. D. Mourad
Abstract Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) produce head injuries in nearly a majority of surviving soldiers. Most brain-injured soldiers do not, however, receive the necessary, rapid brain imaging studies as would their civilian counterparts. Instead they are flown to rear-echelon medical service centers such as in Germany for those studies, as well as additional medical care. There exists, therefore, a critical need for robust brain imaging systems at and near the battlefield. This gap in patient care reduces the quality of care and potentially, therefore the quality of life of injured soldiers. This gap also defines a critical need for rugged, field deployable systems capable of imaging injured brain. For a variety of reasons it is reasonable to expect that changes in the stiffness of brain accompany TBI, and that ultrasound-based 'sonoelastic' imaging modalities responsive to some measure of stiffness might offer a useful means for imaging the changes to brain due to TBI. Use of such systems in and near the field should improve clinical outcome for patients suffering from TBI. Our long-term goal is to develop a field deployable brain imaging system, capable of transcranial application, responsive to brain stiffness.
Keywords Army personnel
Clinical medicine
Explosive charges
Health care facilities
Medical services
Traumatic brain injuries

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 57A - Anatomy
57S - Physiology
57E - Clinical Medicine
Corporate Author Seattle Univ., WA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Annual rept. 15 Feb 2011-14 Feb 2012.
NTIS Issue Number 1401
Contract Number W81XWH-11-2-0109

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