Health experts are hoping that a new brain-scanning technique will help in identifying diseases linked to concussions in sports like football. Studies say that concussions are only diagnosed among people only after death. There were 14 former football players who were scanned and were at risk of the chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) condition, revealing deposits of abnormal proteins that resemble a pattern found at the autopsy of such disease.
The condition causes a progressive brain degeneration among those who have had repeated concussions and head blows with symptoms that include depression, confusion, aggression, memory loss, and progressive dementia.
There is no known cure for CTE, but a new brain-scanning approach could possibly detect the onset of the disease, allowing early and greater success of experimental treatments, according to experts. NorthShore Neurological Institute co-director, Dr. Julian Bailes said the new approach can also help the athletes make decisions on their retirement.
Dr. Joseph Maroon, not involved in the study said the results are major improvements in stepping forward to the detection of CTE before death. Thus, he suggests more investigation on the usefulness of the new technique. He also explained that the new approach can offer a more definitive answer once scientists discover a binding substance that enhances more in abnormal protein.