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Scientists have wondered whether this healing effect could benefit brain tissue. To answer that question, UTMB researchers took SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) scans of head-injury patients before and after Hyperbaric treatments. The gamma ray machine uses an X-ray technique to produce an image of a cross section of brain tissue.
Five residents of Galveston’s Transitional Learning Community (TLC) for the rehabilitation of people with head injuries participated in the six-month study beginning in May 1996. They received Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, with scans before and after treatments. Participants went on 80 one-hour “dives” simulating the pressure under 16 1/2 feet of water.
While the treatment has been used elsewhere, UTMB’s study is the first to attempt to quantitatively measure actual benefits. Researchers hoped to find increased brain activity using the SPECT scans, but the scans revealed a previously unknown phenomenon: After a head injury, blood flow to the uninjured areas of the brain apparently increases. The Hyperbaric treatment appeared to increase the flow to the injured areas with a corresponding decrease to the uninjured areas.
“That just blew us away,” says Dr. Brent Masel, medical director of TLC. “It’s normalizing the blood flow, which is something we didn’t expect.”
Researchers in the study theorize that the increased blood flow to the injury helps oxygenate those cells, possibly rejuvenating them. Masel says it appears that the oxygen boost prompts the dormant brain cells to restart their metabolic process by creating the optimum blood-oxygen level for the body to burn simple sugars.
Corson compares it to revitalizing the zone of yellowed tissue lying outside the black-and-blue center of a bruise.
UTMB and TLC researchers gathered plenty of anecdotal evidence of the benefits of Hyperbaric treatment to accompany their technical data. Reiter, for example, says she can now read and speak more clearly. Another patient has had measurable improvements in his IQ.
“All of the patients who were treated in the chamber have shown improvement,” Corson says.
Like Reiter, the four other participants sustained their injuries more than two years before the start of the study, minimizing the possibility that these improvements were simply spontaneous recovery unrelated to the treatment.
Corson predicts that patients with more recent injuries could benefit from Hyperbaric treatment just as much as, if not more than, the study participants. One treated child who was not included in the study because his injury was too recent has shown some of the most dramatic improvement. Before treatment, he was curled in a ball, unable to lift his hands or walk without assistance. Now, after 130 treatments, he feeds himself, mouths words and is regaining his ability to walk.
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