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How do medical professionals diagnose a traumatic brain injury?

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

After a recent car accident, you have several injuries to diagnose with help from Georgia medical professionals. Could you have a traumatic brain injury to treat and seek compensation for?

Mayo Clinic describes options for diagnosing a TBI. Do not take risks with your health or any personal injury claim you may have.

Intracranial pressure monitor

TBIs may lead to increased skull pressure because of tissue inflammation. To avoid unnecessary brain damage, a physician may use a probe to gauge intracranial pressure.

Symptom and injury details

Asking a person for information regarding symptoms and the car accident may help medical professionals diagnose a brain injury. A doctor may ask if the person blacked out, how the car accident happened, where on the head the injury occurred and the overall severity of the injury.

Glasgow Coma Scale

A 15-point test, the Glasgow Coma Scale helps physicians determine how severe a TBI a person may have. The test involves measuring a person’s ability to follow directions and asking the person to move her or his limbs and eyes. Asking the patient to speak also helps gauge the existence of a brain injury. The test scales results from three to 15, with a higher score correlating with a less intense TBI.

Imaging tests

Medical professionals use magnetic resonance imaging tests to take an in-depth image of the brain with magnets and radio waves. Often used in emergency settings to detect brain bleeds and blood clots, computerized tomography scans provide a detailed image of the brain with X-rays.

A TBI may escape a person’s notice. Proper diagnosis helps car collision victims understand where and how to focus their recovery efforts.