Military Deems MRIs Not a Priority
Unbelievable—Army surgeon general contends MRIs are not necessary for hundreds of head injuries suffered by our troops—that would be over 300 concussions per month last year in Afghanistan. The Navy surgeon general is in agreement and feels that an MRI is more of a research tool. This is absolutely outrageous having had one family member diagnosed with two brain tumors and another diagnosed with infarctions from a stroke in his hypothalamus, which helps to determine what symptoms will likely persist. MRIs were essential in these treatments and my daughter gets yearly MRIs to check for recurrence of her brain tumor. You don’t need to be a neurosurgeon to know the military surgeon generals’ logic regarding the necessity for MRIs is BS (and this is NOT a new HIT acronym—“BS” is exactly what you think it is).
Since the MRI machines aren’t deemed urgently needed, their acquisition will first have to go through the arduous bidding process, which will take months. Our troops could have access to MRI machines in a matter of weeks if they were purchased outright.
According to “USA Today,” last November, chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Michael Mullen, requested two MRI machines be sent to the battlefield to treat otherwise undetectable wounds. November! Because the powers-that-be believe MRIs are merely a research tool and the subsequent bureaucratic red tape bidding process, two MRI machines will not reach our troops until August AT THE EARLIEST.
It’s not enough to hope and pray that our sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers return home safely. Now we must hope they have no undetected brain injury that would result in harm to themselves or others.