British troops ‘need detailed brain scans to detect unseen injuries that can lead to PTSD and dementia’, says Commons Defence Select Committee head


British combat troops should be given enhanced scans to detect unseen brain injuries which doctors say can cause dementia and post-traumatic stress disorder, an influential MP has demanded.

Soldiers often suffer minor brain haemorrhages as a result of explosions on the front line which go undetected. If untreated, this damage to the brain can lead to serious mental health problems and even suicide.

Now, Julian Lewis, chairman of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, has suggested the failure to scan UK soldiers for brain injuries could be one of the reasons behind the surge in suicides among British veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Source: MailOnline