Army Post to Begin Scans to Detect Injuries Caused by Iraq

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Fort Carson, Colo. (AP) The Army, facing thousands of cases of brain injury from the Iraq war, will soon begin testing brain scanning equipment.

The commander of the post hospital at Fort Carson says the army hopes to find a more accurate way to identify hard-to-diagnose wounds.

Colonel John Cho says Fort Carson will soon test a brain scan procedure that uses gamma rays along with radioisotopes on Fort Carson units returning from Iraq.

To date, the Army has not extensively used neuroimaging equipment to detect brain injuries in returning soldiers because not enough testing was done to judge effectiveness.

A recent study at Fort Carson found that 18 percent of troops returning from Iraq suffered at least some brain damage from bomb blasts.

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