Scientists Hunt For A Test To Diagnose Chronic Brain Injury In Living People

UCLA researchers are using a radioactive tracer, which binds to abnormal proteins in the brain, to see if it is possible to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy in living patients. Warmer colors in these PET scans indicate higher concentrations of the tracer.

Doctors are closer to a test in live brains that could help diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease that’s been linked to concussions and other repeated brain assaults.

(Image credit: UCLA)