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A Critical Review of Neuroimaging Applications in Sports Concussion

Pulsipher, Dalin T. PhD; Campbell, Richard A. PhD; Thoma, Robert PhD; King, John H. PhD

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e31820711b8
Head and Neurologic Conditions

While abnormalities related to concussion are typically not identified on traditional clinical neuroimaging (i.e., computed tomography [CT] or magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]), more sophisticated neuroimaging techniques have the potential to reveal the complex neurometabolic processes related to concussion and its recovery. Clinically, these techniques may one day provide useful information to guide clinicians in the management and treatment of sports concussion. This article critically reviews the current state of the literature regarding neuroimaging and sports concussion, identifies challenges in the application of these techniques, and identifies areas for future research.

1Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Center for Neuropsychological Services, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; 2New Mexico VA Healthcare System, Behavioral Health Care Line, Albuquerque, NM

Address for correspondence: Richard A. Campbell, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Center for Neuropsychological Services, MSC 09 5030.1, University of New Mexico, 2400 Tucker NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 (E-mail: rcampbell@salud.unm.edu; dalin.pulsipher@my.rfums.org).

Copyright © 2011 by the American College of Sports Medicine.