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Abstract #0052

Diffusion Tensor Imaging Reveals Persistent Effects on White Matter Microstructure in High School Football Players with History of Sports-Related Concussion

Ikbeom Jang1, Yukai Zou2, Eric A Nauman2,3,4, and Thomas M Talavage1,2

1Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States, 2Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, 3Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 4Basic Medical Sciences, Purdue University

Diffusion Tensor Imaging has been considered a promising and sensitive imaging technology to detect subtle changes in white matter for people with mild traumatic brain injury. Although many studies have examined the immediate and near-term brain changes associated with sports-related concussions, the potential long-term consequences have been less-frequently investigated. In this study, a retrospective analysis was conducted on a subset of the Purdue Neurotrauma Group database to characterize the relationship between history of concussion and white matter diffusion properties.

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