Near-infrared photonic energy penetration: can infrared phototherapy effectively reach the human brain?

@article{Henderson2015NearinfraredPE,
  title={Near-infrared photonic energy penetration: can infrared phototherapy effectively reach the human brain?},
  author={Theodore A. Henderson and Larry D. Morries},
  journal={Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment},
  year={2015},
  volume={11},
  pages={2191 - 2208}
}
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a growing health concern effecting civilians and military personnel. Research has yielded a better understanding of the pathophysiology of TBI, but effective treatments have not been forthcoming. Near-infrared light (NIR) has shown promise in animal models of both TBI and stroke. Yet, it remains unclear if sufficient photonic energy can be delivered to the human brain to yield a beneficial effect. This paper reviews the pathophysiology of TBI and elaborates the… Expand

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