Technique shows substance abuse blood flow disruptions

08/28/2014 | AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

A study by researchers from Stony Brook University and the NIH suggests that optical coherence Doppler tomography, a technique that uses lasers to measure the speed of brain blood flow, could be used to detect vascular disruptions associated with substance abuse and help optimize treatment of recovering addicts. Tested on mice, ODT detected cocaine-induced microischemia, which can lead to stroke. The study appeared in the journal Biomedical Optics Express.

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