PET scan as an aid for the return of a head-injured aviator to flying duty

Alon Grossman, Bella Azaria, Dan Carter, Dan Landau, Liav Goldstein

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Head injury is not a rare event in aviators, and poses a difficult diiemma for the flight surgeon regarding return to flying duty due to the fear of post-traumatic epilepsy. Positron emission tomography (PET) is a functional neuroimaging modality that provides additional localizing data in epileptic patients in the interictal phase. We describe a case of penetrating head trauma with no loss of consciousness in a military jet fighter pilot in which the magnetic resonance imaging revealed a minimal brain contusion. PET scan was used as an additional tool for predicting the epileptogenic potential of this finding, thus aiding the decision regarding the return of the aviator to flying duty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1080-1082
Number of pages3
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Aerospace medicine
  • Aviators
  • Epilepsy
  • Head trauma
  • PET


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