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Abstract #3008

Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Determine Cerebro-Spinal Fluid Volume to Verify the Role Dehydration Plays in Traumatic Brain Injury

Abi Spicer1, Michael I. Newton1, and Robert H. Morris1

1Physics and Mathematics, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom

In contact sports, it is common to see frequent head injuries or indeed traumatic brain injuries (TBI) from minor impacts which anecdotally appear increased as a result of concussion. There is little agreement in the literature regarding the change in CSF volume as a function of dehydration. Here we measure the volume using TrueFISP at 1.5T (Avanto, Siemens, DE) and thresholding images to determine the number of CSF voxels. Imaging reveals a decrease in CSF owing to dehydration. New rehydration regimens should allow for reduction in TBI incidence.

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