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NFL Team Using CT Scans to Assess Head Injury

During the past year, a lot of attention has been given to the potential link between head injuries in NFL players and the serious effects it may cause later in life. One pro football team will become the first to try out a technology that could help identify brain injuries sooner than later. This season, the Oakland Raiders will be using a portable and cordless computed tomography (CT) scanner to aid in identiying head injuries onsite.

NeuroLogica Corp's (Danvers, MA) CereTom scanner instantly generates images of the neck and head in minutes to help diagnose brain injuries and bleeding. It can also reveal injuries to the elbows, knees, and ankles. After the scan is completed, it can be wirelessly transmitted to a doctor for diagnosis. As a side note, the NFL formed a traumatic brain injury committee and announced earlier this year that it's planning on looking at the potential link between concussions and depression in players.

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