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How are brain injuries diagnosed?

Suffering a brain injury, especially a traumatic brain injury, means that you will need to seek medical care to get a diagnosis so that you can move forward with a treatment program. When you suffer from a traumatic brain injury, you will probably find yourself in the emergency room. Your diagnosis will begin in that emergency department.

What is considered when making a brain injury diagnosis?

Doctors will consider a host of factors when trying to determine if you have suffered from a brain injury. They will consider any accident that you were involved in just prior to symptoms manifesting. They will consider the symptoms that you are suffering from, as well as the results of any diagnostic testing they perform on you.

What types of tests might be performed?

There are several different diagnostic tests that a doctor might perform on you. These include magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, positron emission tomography and diffuse tensor imaging. They might also complete a neuropsychological assessment on you to determine the ways in which the TBI has affected you.

What happens when patients aren’t responsive after a TBI?

If a patient isn’t responsive after a TBI, the medical team will evaluate the person based on a coma scale. This helps them to determine the severity of the coma. Usually, the doctors overseeing the case will be very cautious or conservative with the prognosis for the person.

The diagnostic procedures and treatments after a TBI can be costly. In order to combat those costs, you might opt to seek compensation for your injury if it was the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Source: Brain Injury Association of America, “Diagnosing Brain Injury,” accessed May 20, 2016

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