TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) has been estimated in 20-25% of the nearly 2.7 million returning veterans, from Iraq and Afghanistan, and an estimated 30% have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Conventional neuroimaging studies such as the MRI and CAT scan do not reveal the pathology of a mild TBI. Newer technology, such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging and functional MRI must be utilized to further the diagnosis and treatment of the nearly 450,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with TBI.
The conditions caused by TBI are unforgiving, and include substance abuse, unemployment, homelessness, incarceration and even suicide. Alarming recent statistics released by the DOD/VA indicate that 1.3 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans commit suicide daily. Treating TBI/PTSD is a necessity; NOT an option. Prompt diagnosis and treatment diminishes complications and improves employment and education opportunities.