MRI technique identifies markers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in American football players

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

Scientists from Ben–Gurion University of the Negev (BGU; Beersheba, Israel) have revealed that brain imaging techniques could be used to determine whether American football players have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) by measuring leakage of the blood–brain barrier (BBB). Their study, which has been published in Brain, a Journal of Neurology, aimed to demonstrate the effectiveness of a modified dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) approach to detect impairments in brain microvascular function. “… this test could provide the first (and so far the only) evidence for brain injury in the players we studied on the Israel football team. Importantly, we...

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