A powerful new imaging technique called High Definition Fiber Tracking (HDFT) will allow doctors to clearly see for the first time neural connections broken by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other neurological disorders, much like X-rays show a fractured bone, according to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh in a report published online today in the Journal of Neurosurgery.
In the report, the researchers describe the case of a 32-year-old man who wasn’t wearing a helmet when his all-terrain vehicle crashed. Initially, his CT scans showed bleeding and swelling on the right side of the brain, which controls left-sided body movement. A week later, while the man was still in a coma, a conventional MRI scan showed brain bruising and swelling in the same area. When he awoke three weeks later, the man couldn’t move his left leg, arm and hand.
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ShuntCheckT is the first device to allow quick, non-invasive detection of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow through shunts. Using a system based on transcutaneous thermal convection technology, ShuntCheckT can be used to painlessly evaluate the function of a shunt quickly and accurately in an office, Emergency Room, or any ambulatory setting. This simple procedure involves placing an ice cube over the shunt. A single use, disposable temperature sensor is placed on the skin over the shunt tubing. As the CSF flows past the area where the ice is applied, the fluid cools. The temperature sensor detects this change in temperature and transmits the data to the handheld ShuntCheckT BioDisplay device. The time and temperature readings are analyzed by ShuntCheck’s software and generate a “Flow Confirmed” or “Flow Not Confirmed”.
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