Tractograms for Diagnosing Brain Injury Conditions

The science of using brain MRI data to help understand brain injury conditions has continued to progress. Tractograms are a powerful tool to aid in the diagnosis of concussion injury.

When a brain MRI study is done, each tiny spot in the brain is saved as a pixel, with a value between 0 and 1 based on the electromagnetic field. Once that data is saved, it can be processed by complex algorithms in order to define “tracts” that are connecting different areas of the brain.

When tracts are disrupted or truncated, the coordination of function between different areas of the brain is disrupted. If our thalamic connections are affected, it can affect our sleep-wake cycle. If the frontal lobe connections are affected, it can affect decision-making. If our left sub-frontal lobe connections are affected, it can affect our mood. Recurrent “sub-concussions” (without loss of consciousness) may contribute to this pathology, as can exposure to various toxins.

Nutrient deficiencies coupled with excessive toxin exposure and accumulation can impair vital healing processes in the brain and nervous system. If we do not heal a brain injury condition, neurodegenerative processes begin. Those who have exposure to these injuries should have a brain MRI–DTI study with tractograms done and get treated.

Dr. Carol Henricks, MD is a neurologist at NorthStar Hyperbaric/NorthStar Neurology P.C. and the Medical Director of Healing Arizona Veterans. Connect at 520-229-1238 or See ad, page 15.

Timothy M. Marshall, Ph.D. is a neuropharmacologist, nutritional biochemist and Director of Science and Research of Healing Arizona Veterans. Connect at 520-370-6044

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