Dr. Ann McKee on Why CTE Can Only Be Diagnosed Definitively Post Mortem

The diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is well established with clear criteria -- but only after death. Dr. Ann McKee explains why scientists are still struggling to diagnose CTE in the living.

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Posted on BrainLine January 11, 2019.

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About the author: Ann McKee, MD

Ann McKee, MD is the chief neuropathologist for the Framingham Heart Study and the Boston University-based Centenarian Study. She is also the chief neuropathologist for the Boston-based Veterans Administration Medical Centers and for the Sports Legacy Institute.

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The specific leison can't be seen by any type of scan?

Not at this time. Diagnostics can be suggestive of CTE, but definitive diagnosis can only be made post-mortem.