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Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) is Used to Study Brain Injuries

Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) is a new Brain MRI protocol that is now being utilized by nuclear radiologists to detect damage to the brain by microhemorrhages, diffuse axonal injuries as well as shearing and tearing of the axons. This new testing protocol allows radiologists to identify the smallest of lesions in the brain.

SWI was first utilized to determine hemorrhages in the brain caused by a stroke and to pinpoint the exact location and pathology of such. Radiologists and physicians treating victims of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) are now making use of this protocol to search for even the smallest of pathology which may correlate with objective clinical findings.

SWI is very sensitive to both iron and blood products and as a result, can locate microhemorrhages that would be missed by a conventional MRI. Many Radiologists and physicians treating victims of mild traumatic brain injury utilize both susceptibility weighted imaging and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in conjunction to best illustrate the existence and extent of diffuse axonal injury and brain lesions.

Matthew Dolman is a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney and Florida Brain Injury Attorney who focuses his practice on representing consumers who have been physically injured as a result of the negligence exhibited by an individual or corporate entity. He limits his practice to trial practice, first and third party insurance claims, and claims arising from wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, insurance carrier bad faith and other catastrophic injuries. For more information, contact Mr. Dolman at: [email protected]