Traumatic Brain Injuries and Diffusion Tensor Imaging – A Review
Georgios K. Matis, Apostolos J. Tsiouris, Michail Karanikas, Theodossios A. Birbilis, Danilo O. de A. Silva, Olga I. Chrysou, Antonio Bernardo and Philip E. Stieg
Affiliation: Olin Hall, Room 1007, 445 East 69th Street, 10021, New York, NY, USA
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) constitute a major public health problem. The armamentarium of current
neuroimaging includes many techniques, and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is one of the most prominent ones. Presently,
it is used for studying mild, moderate and severe TBI in humans (children, adolescents and adults), as well as in animals.
The main focus of DTI is the white matter tracts. Herein, the authors briefly present the philosophy, the applications and
the findings of the current global research in this field and shed light on the potential future utilization of this technology.
Furthermore, recent patents in manipulating acquired TBI images are reviewed with special emphasis being placed on the
innovation of new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus.
Keywords: Diffuse axonal injury, diffusion tensor imaging, traumatic brain injury.
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