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This brain injury program features one of the world’s leading behavioral neurologists and imaging neuroscientists, Dr. Randall Benson.
Dr. Benson was the first dual research fellow in behavioral neurology and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at Harvard Medical School and the esteemed NMR Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. It was during his fellowship that Dr. Benson pioneered a (at the time) new technique, fMRI, for mapping language areas in the brains of neurosurgical patients. His work eventually led to FDA approval for fMRI pre-surgical mapping in 2007, and it now is a clinical procedure performed throughout the world. Since 2004, Dr. Benson has worked to develop and validate advanced imaging methods to detect mild traumatic brain injuries, which constitute 80 percent of all TBIs that are not normally demonstrated on MRI or CT.
Dr. Benson has been a principal investigator, or co-investigator, on research supported by globally recognized institutions including the US Department of Defense, the National Institute of Health, the National Football League, and others. He has also testified before the House Judiciary Committee on brain injuries in football, and before the Department of Defense on the impact of mild traumatic brain injuries. He is recognized for developing new, more effective treatments for incapacitating brain disorders (TBI, MS, and stroke) through the use of advanced functional MRI methods, which provide unprecedented understanding of brain function and disease.
In this presentation, Dr. Benson will address neuroimaging in brain injury cases, including:
- Key concepts concerning concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries
- Detecting structural damage using T1/T2/FLAIR and volume measurements in brain MRIs
- Detecting scars and atrophy in neuroimaging
- Detecting hemorrhages and microhemorrhages in the brain with susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI)
- Detecting microscopic axonal injuries using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
If you handle medical or legal issues involving traumatic brain injuries, or other types of brain damage, this is your opportunity to learn about brain imaging from one of the world’s leading doctors.