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CereScan Shows How and Where Invisible War Wounds are Affecting the Brain

Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSDSoldiers have the toughest jobs available. Between time away from home, the experiences of battle and the lasting injuries — both seen and unseen — they endure, soldiers often find that they’re fighting a new war when they come home.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and toxic brain injury are among the most common wounds soldiers bring back. Each one can affect the brain differently, but their symptoms often overlap. Additionally, these debilitating ailments are often invisible to traditional imaging, such as MRI and CT, making an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment more difficult.

However, functional brain imaging like CereScan’s qSPECT (quantitative single-photon emission computed tomography) technology can detect unique patterns and differentiate between the disorders.

qSPECT Brain Imaging for Soldiers Can Help:

  • Provide answers and the physiological reasons behind your symptoms
  • Identify or rule out other brain conditions that have overlapping symptoms so you can get the right treatment
  • Provide precise information to your doctors about what’s happening inside your brain and what areas have been affected by the brain condition(s)

Overlapping Symptoms of PTSD, TBI and Toxic Brain Injuries

Toxic Brain InjuryPTSD, TBI and toxic brain injury symptoms are often the same – such as anxiety, headaches, memory problems, insomnia, and emotional disorders – but the way they affect how your brain functions is completely different. These symptoms can severely affect a veteran’s quality of life and ability to adjust to a non-combat zone living.

Common overlapping symptoms may include:

  • Foggy thinking
  • Memory issues or loss
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of coordination
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
Related Conditions

Case Study: Multiple Brain Conditions and Failing Treatments

Traumatic Brain Injury, Toxic Brain Injury and PTSDJohn, 45, served as Navy Seal and was involved in multiple deployments. He experienced three near-drowning accidents and two motor vehicle accidents and was concerned about the extent of his brain damage. John had a variety of symptoms including: confusion, severe memory problems, cognitive decline, anxiety and fear of going to sleep.

His qSPECT findings revealed decreased blood flow in the frontal, temporal, parietal occipital and cerebellar lobes of the brain, which is consistent with the SPECT pattern for traumatic brain injury. The imaging also showed signs of toxic brain injury and increased blood flow in the basal ganglia, thalami and posterior cingulate gyrus, which have been associated with PTSD.

Short Videos on How CereScan Can Help Soldiers with Brain Injuries

Video: “The Science Behind CereScan”

Video: “Head and Brain Injuries”

Please contact us for a Free Consultation on how CereScan can help people with brain injuries.