What is Diffusion Tensor Imaging?

Those who have experienced a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion know the consequences can be destructive. Victims may suffer from long-term neurological damage if trauma is not properly detected. Thankfully, innovations in diagnostic imaging have led to the development of Diffusion Tensor Imaging, a neuroimaging technique that more specifically estimates the location, orientation, and anisotropy of potential damage after a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion.

What exactly is Diffusion Tensor Imaging?

Diffusion Tensor Imaging, also known as DTI, is an MRI-based neuroimaging technique that can locate specific brain inconsistencies invisible to a standard computed tomography scan, or CT scan. The DTI is designed to more accurately track extant brain abnormalities that arise after a TBI or concussion. A traditional CT scan cannot show microscopic brain damage; therefore, DTI is currently the preferred neuroimaging tool when it comes to evaluating a TBI or concussion.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a TBI “remains a controversial diagnosis because the brain often appears quite normal on conventional CT scans and MRI scans. Such conventional tools do not adequately depict a [TBI] because they are not sensitive to detecting diffuse axonal injuries.” A victim’s symptoms of head trauma can be unpredictable, as symptoms may be brief or linger for months following a TBI. Due to its precise nature, a DTI scan is helpful in sourcing damage when the victim is asymptomatic or symptomatic.

How does Diffusion Tensor Imaging work?

DTI isolates water movement and white matter within the brain, which allows doctors to locate regions that are not functioning properly. White matter contains nerve fibers, or axons, that transmit messages throughout the brain. A DTI scan can reveal whether or not the water molecules in the axons are flowing properly along axonal directions. The scan showcases white matter pathways as multicolored fibers. If the DTI scan identifies water flow is obstructed or misdirected in white matter, that finding can be evidence of a TBI or concussion.

Often times, a CT scan or standard MRI scan cannot achieve this level of detection.

Where can you get a DTI study performed?

Windsor Imaging is pleased to announce it is scheduling potential TBI patients for DTI studies at its Boca-Delray Beach location. This modern technology delivers fast, stress-free scans patients and technicians can trust. As one of the few diagnostic imaging centers offering DTI scanning, Windsor Imaging’s Boca-Delray Beach location can safely and comfortably receive patients seeking clear brain scan results.

For almost 20 years, Windsor Imaging has been able to provide thorough examinations throughout South Florida. The Boca-Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Fort Pierce locations specialize in conducting safe and seamless diagnostic imaging services. Windsor Imaging will be glad to safely help you regardless of the imaging service you need. Don’t wait to schedule your next DTI scan. For more information, contact Windsor Imaging today.

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