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January 4th, 2008
For the first time, soldiers headed to combat will wear helmets rigged with tiny sensors for tracking bomb-related brain injuries.
Beginning early next year, equipment officials plan to start attaching dosimeters, special devices that measure the forces soldiers are exposed to in an explosion, to the helmets they wear in Iraq and Afghanistan with the hope of better understanding the effects on the brain.
Soldiers operating in Iraq and Afghanistan are routinely exposed to blasts from roadside bombs. Though many of those soldiers escape visible injury, medical experts increasingly are concerned about the long-term effects of mild head trauma.
Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody ordered the battlefield test of dosimeters after learning about the technology during a visit earlier this year to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's nanotechnology laboratory.
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