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Imaging for TBI Focus of DVBIC 'Hot TBI Topics' Series

By DCoE Public Affairs on February 18, 2013

Portrait of service member, sketetal image of half his face
The artist, assigned to Combat Camera Pacific Reserve, suffered a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan. He combined an image of himself with a magnetic resonance imaging scan to create the photo illustration. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Chandler)

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) will host the third webinar in its winter series, “Hot Topics in Traumatic Brain Injury,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (EST) Feb. 20. The topic is "Overview of Imaging for TBI from Current Standards to Advanced Techniques."

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be debilitating. Despite the well-characterized clinical symptoms, it is unclear during the early evaluation of a TBI what the outcome will be for a particular patient and whether that patient would benefit from more intensive therapy. Clinicians need more sensitive, objective tools to be developed and validated to make these determinations.

A few promising results have emerged in the use of imaging and serum markers of neuronal injury, but much remains unanswered on how these biomarkers affect patient outcome. However, standard imaging techniques can be used to assess the injury, the need for neurosurgical intervention, and changes in injury effects over time.

In this webinar, clinical experts will:

  • Review the standards for using imaging tools, including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, Transcranial Doppler and nuclear medicine
  • Review and discuss applications of more advanced imaging techniques, such as volumetrics, diffusion tensor imaging, perfusion imaging and positron emission tomography

Featured speakers:

  • Lt. Col. Gerald York, M.D.
    San Antonio Military Medical Center, Department of Radiology research director; Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) co-site director

All participants are encouraged to join the webinar via Adobe Connect.

This webinar is approved for continuing education credits. For additional information on credits and to register for this free webinar, visit the DVBIC website.

Read about the November 2012 and January 2013 DVBIC webinars and online TBI education opportunities for providers.

The DVBIC 2013 webinar series concludes March 20 with the topic of “Intimacy: Sex, Drugs and TBI.”

Comments (2)

  • Vanessa Severe 20 Feb

    My code for todays class is DCOE# but I was unable to watch or log-in. Are they recorded?
  • DCoE Public Affairs 21 Feb

    @Vanessa, Yes, the audio recording of yesterday’s webinar will be available online soon. To access the audio recording and download presentation slides, visit visit

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