C.T.E is chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The brain tissue of deceased football players has been found to have C.T.E., a form of brain damage, from head trauma playing football. The New York Times has reported that researchers at U.C.L.A. have developed a test that could possibly identify C.T.E. in a living person. The test is performed by injecting chemicals that bind to proteins in the brain, later imaged in a PET scan. The test is revolutionary because of the potential it holds in diagnosing C.T.E. in living football players and other athletes of all ages subjected to repeated concussions.
Experts in C.T.E. urge caution, however, in making conclusions about the new test which is experimental and still in its infancy. The cost of the test is $15,000.00. While the results of the test may hold great promise, brain injury experts point out that a healthy dose of skepticism is warranted until scientists confirm the test and subject it to rigorous protocols.