PET: A better tactic for imaging head trauma

October 29, 2013

Imaging the inflammatory response with PET could provide more information about traumatic brain injury (TBI) than conventional CT and MRI methods, according to preliminary research presented during the Military Health System Research Symposium held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Aug. 12.

A team of researchers including James Stone, MD, PhD, a radiologist and neuroscientist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Va., are using PET to trace neutrophils as they go on the defensive in response to trauma to the brain.