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New technology may help diagnose brain trauma

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Brain injuries among young athletes are on the rise, but there is new technology in Louisville that offers improved diagnosis for such injuries.

Friday night is high school football night in America. Chances are some players will be injured.  Some might even suffer a serious concussion.

A report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says sports-related brain injuries among children has increased 60 percent during the past ten years.

And its not just football, its boxing, basketball, and even cheerleaders can suffer serious injuries.  But now doctors are better able to determine how extensive a concussion or other brain injury is through a new kind of MRI called 3-T MRI.

Radiologist Doctor Peter Rothschild explains the new technology. "Before with the standard MRI you get just a static picture, we are just taking a picture," he says, "you really cannot tell what is going on until you see the motion and that is why its such a great advance in looking for brain injuries."

There are symptoms parents may notice in a child who has been seriously injured as a result of a blow to the head.

Those symptoms include, according to Dr. Michael Cecil, a clinical neuropsychologist, "irritability, anger, frustration, difficulties in school, short term memory problems.  And when it is those kinds of symptoms that are noticed, that is when parents need to take action."

High Field and Open MRI, located on Shelbyville Road across from Oxmoor Center, has extended its hours to evenings and weekends to accommodate the growing number of sports injuries.

"The parents are very concerned," explains Dr. Rothschild, "this new technology gives parents an opportunity to look at the diagnosis and decide whether to allow their kids to continue playing the sport where they received their injury or maybe determine that it is time to move on to a different safer sport."

Rothschild, who was once a trainer for the NFL's Oakland Raiders, says he has followed the effects brain injuries have had on retired pro football players.  "They tend to have a lot of memory problems, personality problems," he says.

High Field and Open MRI is open seven days a week.

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