Brain Hyperintensities in Mild Focal Neurology

Issued: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:38:00 GMT

An angled image of a number of brain scans

Life Sciences Lecturer in Anatomy Dr Ourania Varsou has seen her PhD paper, Brain hyperintensities in magnetic resonance imaging of patients with mild acute focal neurology, published in the medical journal Neurological Science.

White matter hyperintensities are structural changes that could be seen in brain scans of patients having mild stroke-like symptoms, and into which there is ongoing research to better understand them and their significance.

Dr Varsou assessed such changes in the brain scans of 100 patients recruited in the NHS Grampian area between 2012 and 2014 using a specific scale that allowed quantification of the changes' total number and size.

This research showed that the changes found when assessing the whole brain were also reflected at the smaller scale when considering specific regions of the brain.

The data also shed some further insight on white matter hyperintensities and how these can be assessed, which could allow for better understanding of their clinical significance in health and disease.

Read the paper here: