In order to further the study of brain injury and concussions, 12 professional athletes have agreed to leave their brains to medical science. The research will be conducted at the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.
This condition is difficult to diagnose. This type of traumatic head injury can be confirmed only by postmortem tissue analysis. In other words, only after the patient has died can doctors examine the brain tissue to determine the damage caused by trauma through the use of high powered microscopes, stains and other diagnostic aids. At this time, X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests cannot detect Traumatic Encephalopathy. For further reading, go to the complete New York Times article.