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How Is a Brain Injury Diagnosed?

Jun 30, 2017 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice

If you suffer from a head injury, it may have caused a brain injury. It is not easy for doctors in Indiana to diagnose this type of injury because of the complexity of the brain and the limitations of testing and diagnostic equipment. If you have an accident and a brain injury is suspected, you are likely to go through many different types of tests.

According to the Brainline.org, early detection is important because brain injuries left unmonitored and untreated can rapidly increase in severity. In some situations, an injury is obvious because of physical damage to your head or symptoms you are suffering. However, if there are no physical indications of an injury, it can complicate early diagnosis.

The first diagnostics that may be done will involve a doctor looking you over, asking questions and monitoring your abilities to do different activities. You may be watched for issues with speaking, remembering, thinking and moving. You will be monitored for certain effects, such as seizures or unusual mood changes.

If an injury to the brain is suspected, testing is usually done using machines that can look inside your skull and monitor brain activity. These include computer assisted tomography, X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging. If a mild brain injury is suspected, other techniques, such as diffusion tensor imaging, may be used because the traditional equipment is not good at picking up minor injuries and can miss many cases. While this information should not be taken as legal advice, it can help you understand the process and what to expect.