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May 10, 2000

Diagnosis and Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury—Reply

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(18):2392. doi:10.1001/jama.283.18.2387

In Reply: We did not find the available data sufficiently reliable to recommend the use of neuroimaging to assess impairment and disability, or to make predictions regarding outcomes. However, one of the main recommendations made by the Consensus Development Panel was that the neurobiology of TBI in humans should be studied with modern imaging techniques (eg, positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging) and correlated with neuropsychological findings. It is certainly our hope that this rapidly developing technology may be useful in the diagnosis and treatment of persons with TBI.

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