Brain Scan Technique May Diagnose Football’s Plague
They’re getting inside players’ heads. Since 2005, American football has been battered by discoveries of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which deprives sufferers of their composure and memory. So far, CTE’s only been detected after the death of concussion-jarred players who’ve exhibited symptoms. But New York neurologist Sam Gandy has had promising results using brain scans and a new radioactive tracer that binds with a protein associated with CTE, showing where a living brain might be affected. Experts say that within five years, such diagnoses may become reliable enough to help in developing treatments.