October 23, 2013
A group of researchers with the UVa Medical Center have found a new method for getting images of the brain after an injury.
They have dubbed it the 'Trojan Horse' approach. White blood cells are loaded with radioactive tracers, which lets cilnicians see the injuory on a microscopic scan.
The new method allows Doctors to see the injury and better determine its severity.
"If we can first of all assess the severity of the injury, then we can tailor the treatment of that particular injury, but then we can also follow and see how well the treatment is working by using this type of imaging." says Stuart Berr, with UVa Radiology.
Researchers say the next step is to esure it meets all FDA requirements. They also hope to use this method to better assess cancer and other diseases.