Relative Sensitivities of CT, FLAIR and SWI in TBI with Persistent Symptoms
Gabriela Trifan 1 , Ramtilak Gattu 2 , Zhifeng Kou 3 , Ewart Mark Haacke 3,4 , and Randall R Benson 5,6
Center for Neurological Studies, Novi, MI,
State University, Detroit, MI, United States,
Engineering & Radiology, Wayne State University,
Detroit, MI, United States,
MRI Institute for Biomedical Research, Detroit, MI,
and Radiology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI,
for Neurologic Studies, NOVI, Michigan, United States
Neurocognitive and behavioral symptoms can persist for
some TBI patients, despite the absence of imaging
findings on routine imaging. A forensic population of
172 patients that underwent trauma imaging protocol,
were divided by injury severity and imaging findings.
Majority of subjects were classified as being mild,
77.3%. For each severity group the rates of positive
findings in acute CT, FLAIR and SWI sequences are
described. The importance of using newer imaging
techniques for TBI subjects that shows persistent
symptoms is highlighted.
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