Dr. Nicholas Belasco, Director of the Concussion Management Program at Bon Secours Community Hospital, is the only credentialed Impact Consultant in the lower Hudson Valley

PORT JERVIS, NY (March 31) – More than 1.7 million people each year in the United States experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI), with the majority these injuries categorized as mild.

Mild TBI or concussion is difficult to diagnose because often the brain appears quite normal on conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The solution is to use neuroimaging tools such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), to detect brain injuries in mild TBI.

Diffusion tensor imaging, which is designed to help improve the diagnosis of concussions, can be performed by an M.R.I. machine and does not take longer than a standard M.R.I. The test measures the movement of water in nerve fibers in the brain. Abnormal flow many indicate injury and may also help better diagnose certain disease.

Other promising techniques include susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI), which is sensitive to micro- hemorrhages that may occur. This sequence estimates damage to the nerve fibers connected to certain areas of the brain. Both sequences are extremely beneficial in the diagnosis of concussion and traumatic brain injury.

Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY recently acquired diffusion tensor imaging software as well as susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) software. And Dr. Nicholas Belasco, a physician member of the Bon Secours Medical Group and Director of the Concussion Management Program at Bon Secours Community Hospital, is the only credentialed Impact Consultant
in the lower Hudson Valley.

Dr. Belasco completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine with the Atlantic Healthcare System. He began work with Bon Secours in September 2010 and specializes in family medicine, sports medicine and the concussion management program.

About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Every year, nearly one million people in the lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Pennsylvania turn to Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS) for innovative healthcare delivered with compassion. BSCHS has received national recognition, rankings and numerous awards for the level of care it provides.

BSCHS is comprised of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY; a certified home health agency; two long-term care facilities; an assisted living/adult home facility and several other medical programs located throughout the region. The system employs more than 3,400, making it one of the region’s largest employers

Bon Secours Medical Group is BSCHS’s regional network of nearly 80 primary care physicians and specialists from a broad array of medical disciplines. These skilled clinicians play a central role in bringing personalized, preventive and expert care to people from every stage of life.

BSCHS is a member of the Bon Secours Health System—a national Catholic healthcare system with a strong reputation and robust commitment to bringing compassionate healthcare to those in need. For more information, visit For a complete list of practitioners, visit

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