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Optical Imaging Techniques Could Offer Non-Invasive Method to Measure Swelling Within the Brain, New Study Finds

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Imaging techniques ordinarily used by eye doctors to monitor the optic nerve could offer a non-invasive method of measuring and managing potentially dangerous swelling in the skull, a new UK study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham has found.

Intracranial pressure (ICP)—or pressure within the skull often caused by a recent brain injury—is a potentially fatal condition that can damage brain tissue. Currently, the most common way to measure the level of pressure is using a lumbar puncture to remove and analyze a sample of spinal fluid, however, this can result in complications and ...