ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (February 9, 2017) - Longtime sportscaster and former Chicago Bear Mike Adamle is the latest athlete to acknowledge that the fame and glory he received on the football field came with a price – a disease that could cost him his life.
Adamle this week revealed that he has post-traumatic epilepsy, dementia and the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after years of playing football at Northwestern University and in the NFL. CTE is a progressive degenerative disease that afflicts the brain of people who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries, such as athletes who take part in contact sports.
With greater awareness of football’s long-term effects on players’ health, many athletes are searching for ways to treat their pain and prevent the onset of additional symptoms. Local athletes will find answers about their brain injuries at Northwest Community Healthcare’s (NCH) Neuroscience Center, which recently became the first hospital in the Midwest to use new technology that helps show how the brain is functioning.
NCH is working with CereScan, a brain imaging and diagnostics company in Colorado, to use high-tech imaging that measures blood flow in up to 160 regions of the brain. Measuring blood flow can reveal how cells are working in the brain.
The technology, along with clinical assessments, can offer a more complete picture of a patient’s brain function than structured images, such as MRIs and CT scans, says NCH neurosurgeon Shaun O’Leary, M.D., Ph.D.
“This technology improves our ability to diagnose patients with brain injuries. With a more precise diagnosis, there is a more precise treatment,” Dr. O’Leary says. “Finding an answer for those fighting brain injuries is our top priority.”
With the recent news about Adamle, and the ongoing coverage about CTE studies and concussion protocols for NFL players, now is a perfect opportunity to inform your readers and viewers about this new brain imaging technology at NCH’s Neuroscience Center. Dr. O’Leary is available by phone for interviews and can provide an expert voice about the newest way to provide accurate diagnoses for those with brain injuries.
|About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)
Serving Chicago’s northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year and more than 20,000 inpatients treated annually at the 489-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2015. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group. These physicians have selected our facility as a place where they want to treat and care for their private patients. For more information, or to find a doctor on the NCH Medical staff, visit www.nch.org.