Scientists Hunt A Test For Chronic Injury In Living Brains

UCLA researchers are using a radioactive tracer, which binds to abnormal proteins in the brain, to see if it is possible to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy in living patients. Warmer colors in these PET scans indicate higher concentrations of the tracer.

Doctors are closer to a test in living people that could help diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease that’s been linked to concussions and other repeated brain assaults.

(Image credit: UCLA)

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