According to an article on EmaxHealth.com, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working to better understand how the brain works when U.S. veterans return home suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or a traumatic brain injury (TBI) so as to develop better and more effective treatments.
In order to better study the brain, the VA is implementing the use of magnetoencephalography (MEG), which is high-tech imaging that displays the brains acitivty.
Researchers will test veterans who have multiple levels of impairment from PTSD and those who do not suffer from PTSD at all. The MEG technology will allow researchers to look into different and specific areas of a person’s brain and hopefully determine the “dysfunctional areas” caused by PTSD and/or TBIs.
Researchers are hoping to discover abnormalities in the brain’s function in selected patients. Should that happen, better PTSD and/or TBI treatments will likely closely follow, which is imperative considering the flood of patients the VA is going to be responsible for treating over the coming years.
The study is very timely as there is already an existing “well-defined pool of patients” who have already been evaluated, tested, and determined to have PTSD and/or TBIs.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veterans disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.