A new study being conducted in San Diego will take a closer look into how the brains of Navy SEALS are impacted by long-term exposure to repeated blasts. The results of the study could have implications for how the scientific community understands and treats brain injuries in the general population.
The study will focus on ten different Navy SEALS that recently left service. Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs will use brain scanning equipment to see how neural connections get damaged due to brain injuries, which would be the first time that they have been able to see this process up close. These machines include an HD fiber tractograph and a magnetic encephalograph. These pieces of equipment are thought to be able to find abnormalities within the brain at a higher rate than standard MRI scanners are capable of doing.
The goal of the project is twofold: to better determine how to protect members of the armed forces from the constant blasts that they are exposed to, and to understand how to take this knowledge to the general public for people that are also exposed to loud noises in their line of work. The results may also be beneficial for people like athletes who play contact sports and may be susceptible to brain injuries.
Contributors to the study include Sempra Energy, the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation and Mark Purdy, who is the chief executive of TRL Systems in Rancho Cucamonga.
To learn more about this recent study and how you can protect yourself from potential brain injuries, meet with a knowledgeable San Diego lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.