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    Marines, coalition receive MRI machine in Helmand province

    Marines, coalition receive MRI machine in Helmand province

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    CAMP LEATHERNECK, AFGHANISTAN

    10.06.2011

    Story by Cpl. Adam Leyendecker 

    Regional Command Southwest

    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Marines and their coalition partners who suffer concussions, brain injuries, or joint and tissue damage, are now able to be evaluated and diagnosed locally in Helmand province since the arrival of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine at Camp Leatherneck, Oct. 5.

    Concussions are one of the most common injuries suffered by coalition forces in Helmand, said Capt. Jeffrey W. Timby, surgeon for Regional Command Southwest.

    “The machine will help to diagnose and understand the head injuries troops are experiencing, said Timby, a native of Wallingford, Pa. “The majority of Marines who suffer mild concussions recover without further therapy, but this machine will help us find out why a category of Marines don’t seem to recover as quickly.”

    About a year ago, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, made it a priority to ensure that American troops had all the tools they needed medically to be successful.

    “Having the MRI machine gives us that opportunity,” said Timby.

    The machine will be kept at the Camp Bastion Role III hospital. Medical personnel say that locating it at the camp will be advantageous to coalition forces since Bastion is where radiologists work and that it will be safer for patients to have the machine located inside the medical facility.

    For more on this and other stories from Regional Command Southwest, including follow-on interviews with service members featured in this story, please contact Tim Love at tlove@dvidshub.net and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.  Also, be sure to check out the Regional Command Southwest Roundup, a weekly selection of the top stories from combat correspondents in Helmand and Nimroz provinces.

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    Date Taken: 10.06.2011
    Date Posted: 10.07.2011 13:10
    Story ID: 78176
    Location: CAMP LEATHERNECK, AF 

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