Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is BrainCast?
BrainCast is a specialized service that provides comprehensive brain health reports based on MRI scans, offering insights into various aspects of the brain's structure and health.

2. How does BrainCast evaluate brain health?
BrainCast utilises various MRI techniques, including structural MRI, diffusion MRI, and others to assess different facets of brain health, such as grey matter condition, white matter microstructure, and ventricle volumes.

3. What does the Executive Summary in the report contain?
The Executive Summary offers a concise overview of the brain's health, comparing the scanned regions with a normative sample of 1000 age-matched subjects. It provides a comprehensive view of all tissue and measurement types on a single page.

4. Why is Grey Matter analysis important?
Grey matter contains neuronal cell bodies and is essential for muscle control, sensory perception, and decision-making. Evaluating its health and volume can provide insights into potential neurological issues.

5. How does BrainCast analyse iron levels in the brain?
BrainCast uses Iron Load Mapping to assess the amount and distribution of iron in the brain. Abnormal iron levels can indicate potential neurological disorders.

6. What are White Matter Lesions?
White matter lesions are abnormal changes in the white matter regions of the brain. They can be indicative of diseases like multiple sclerosis or vascular problems.

7. How do I interpret the findings in the report?
Each section of the report offers detailed insights into specific aspects of brain health. It is recommended to consult with a medical professional for a comprehensive understanding and any necessary next steps.

8. Is the BrainCast report a replacement for a medical consultation?
No, the BrainCast report provides valuable insights based on MRI scans, but it is essential to consult with a neurologist or relevant medical professional to interpret the findings in a clinical context. However, each report is supplemented with a neuroradiological report, which is a detailed medical analysis by a specialised radiologist. This neuroradiological report can provide a more comprehensive understanding of the MRI findings. Still, it is not a substitute for personalised medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

9. How is the data in the report benchmarked?
All quantitative data obtained from an individual’s scans is compared against benchmark normative data from 1000 individuals within a 10-year age range.

10. Are there any risks associated with the MRI techniques used?
MRI is a non-invasive imaging technique that doesn't use ionizing radiation. However, it is essential to notify the MRI technician if you have any implants or conditions that might contraindicate the scan.

11: Why do athletes need brain scans?  
Athletes may require brain scans to monitor and assess potential abnormalities or injuries related to their sports activities. The frequency and need for these scans are determined based on factors like their age and injury history.

12: How do I know if I need a brain scan?  
The decision for an athlete to undergo a brain scan is based on various factors, including their age, injury history (frequency/severity), and recommendations from the club's medical team.

13: Where will the brain scans take place?  
Brain scans will be conducted at a suitable location selected from the BrainCast network.

14: What should I do to prepare for the brain scan?  
Athletes will be provided with necessary instructions for preparation before the scan. It's important to follow any guidance provided in the BrainCast SOP to ensure accurate results.

15: How long does the brain scan take?  
The estimated duration of the brain scan will be communicated to the athlete in advance, allowing them to plan their schedule accordingly.

16: Who will interpret the results of my brain scan?  
A qualified radiologist will interpret the brain scan images and document any abnormalities in a radiology report.

17: What happens if abnormalities are detected in my brain scan?  
The radiology report, along with any detected abnormalities, will be communicated to the club medical practitioner. If necessary, further evaluation or treatment may be recommended, under the authority of the club doctor.

18: How will my scan data be stored?  
MRI results are stored securely and confidentially, in compliance with applicable privacy and data protection laws.

19: Will there be follow-up scans in the future?  
The club may establish a follow-up schedule based on factors such as the athlete's age and injury history. Regular scans can be recommended by the medical practitioner to ensure any abnormalities are addressed promptly.

20: Why is this process important for sports clubs?  
This process ensures that each athlete receives a comprehensive and reliable brain MRI scan, enabling prompt identification and treatment of any abnormalities or injuries, ensuring the well-being of athletes and compliance with regulatory requirements.