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Can an MRI Identify an Old Brain Injury?

When a person suffers a serious blow to the head, the damage caused to their brain might not be immediately apparent. The effects a person experiences from head injuries can last long after the incident, but people often have trouble identifying concussion symptoms. Since the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are not always present right after the initial injury, changes in a person’s psychological behavior might go undiagnosed.

Common symptoms of concussions include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Irritability and moodiness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Weakness or numbness in parts of the body
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Difficulty concentrating

Neuroimaging plays an important role in diagnosing patients with traumatic brain injury. Normal x-rays won’t reveal anything and computerized tomography (CT) scan might appear normal following a TBI. While an electroencephalogram (EEG) test, if performed early enough, might show the impact the collision had on the electrical activity in the brain, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test is necessary to gain a clearer picture of traumatic brain injury and where the damage occurred.

A new technique utilizes MRI scans and an injection of dye to reveal tiny holes and damage to the membrane coverings of the brain and spinal cord. This MRI test allows doctors to see the damage inflicted on the brain's structure or measure brain function to detect changes in the brain's structure and function due to TBI and concussions. As such, an MRI scan can be used to find evidence of an old brain injury.

The skilled attorneys at Scarlett Law Group are here to assist if you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of others. Call us today at (415) 688-2176 to request a case consultation with a legal professional at our firm.

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