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stories: TBI

Overview

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a term used to define a wide range of injuries resulting from external force to the head. Some mild cases may take the form of concussion, while more severe instances could include penetration of the skull by a projectile.

 

In the past, mild TBI often went unnoticed in those afflicted - some people show few outward signs of injury, others have a delayed onset of symptoms - and soldiers who suffered damage as a result of explosion or head injury were often re-deployed with injuries that could severely compromise not only their motor skills, but also their basic perception and judgement abilities.

 

In recent years, the prevalence of TBI in soldiers and athletes has become more transparent, and doctors and healthcare providers are better informed as to the potential severity of head injury. The technology for diagnosing these conditions, too, is growing more refined, and though treatment for these conditions is not always possible, early identification can mean the difference between short-term and lifetime effects..

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Videos

The Transporter

The Transporter – Vince Seeger

 

Vince Seeger of Skylink Aviation, Inc. talks about the transport plane used to move the mobile MRI – the Antonov An-124.

DoD video: MRI Deployment to Camp Leatherneck

DoD video: MRI Deployment to Camp Leatherneck

 

US Army Lt. Col. David Giles talks about the new MRI rollout in Kandahar, Bastion, and elsewhere.

The Deployment – Dave Mather @ Schiphol

The Deployment – Dave Mather @ Schiphol

 

Dave Mather talks about the final stages of the MRI’s deployment from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

DoD video: “First MRI In Theater”

DoD video: “First MRI In Theater”

 

Courtesy of American Forces Network Afghanistan, Tech Sgt. Jason David, and the Department of Defense.

DoD video: Mobile MRI Deployment

DoD video: Mobile MRI Deployment

 

Watch a Department of Defense release on Mobile MRI deployment to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

The Service Eng. – Doug Brockway

The Service Eng. – Doug Brockway

 

Philips’ Doug Brockway talks about how he decided to get involved with Task Force 44.

The Program Manager – Dave Mather

The Program Manager – Dave Mather

 

Philips’ David Mather talks about some of the challenges in mobile MRI deployment.

The Liaison – Dan Mezzano

The Liaison – Dan Mezzano

 

Dan Mezzano, VP of Government Business at Philips, talks about his experiences working on Task Force 44.

Introduction to Task Force 44

Introduction to Task Force 44

 

What is Task Force 44? Philips’ VP of Government Business Dan Mezzano explains.

The Manufacturer – Gerben Smit

The Manufacturer – Gerben Smit

 

Gerben Smit talks about the construction of a mobile MRI unit.

The CT Technician – Jamarr Shavies

The CT Technician – Jamarr Shavies

 

CT Technician Jamarr Shavies on mobile healthcare.

The Researcher – Dr. Riedy

The Researcher – Dr. Riedy

 

The opinions expressed in this interview are the interviewee’s own and are not representative of the opinions and/or policies of the Department of Defense.

 

Neuro-imaging researcher and doctor Gerard Riedy talks about Traumatic Brain Injury, the future of military diagnostics, and the work he’s doing on Philips MRIs.

 

Also, check out one of Dr. Reidy’s visual aids below:

View visual aid
The Field Engineer – Terry Davenport

The Field Engineer – Terry Davenport

 

Philips Field Engineer Terry Davenport talks about his role in Philips MRI deployment.

The Army Technician – SFC Hall

The Army Technician – SFC Hall

 

Hear from Sergeant First Class Keith Hall about how the Philips MRIs he installs and repairs are put to use for in-field TBI diagnosis.