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Brain injury diagnosis isn't always easy

When you suffer from a hit to the head, or even a jarring of the head, you might want to be evaluated for a brain injury. Unfortunately, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise because diagnosing a brain injury isn't easy. There are many different tests that can be done to make a diagnosis, but there isn't one single test necessary to make the diagnosis.

Diagnosing a brain injury starts with taking the history from the patient. If there was an accident that led to the head injury, the doctor will take this into account. This is the starting point for determining what, if any, imaging tests are necessary.

Neuroradiology, which includes MRIs and CT scans, are often used during the diagnosing process. This can give the doctors a baseline to determine how therapy options are progressing as the plan moves forward.

Many people who suffer from a brain injury are first seen by an emergency room doctor. It is imperative that these patients continue their treatment plan with their primary care physician. The primary care physician is the person who will monitor the progress. Other medical professionals might also jump into the process as needed.

As you can imagine, all of these diagnostic tests and subsequent treatments are costly. The cost comes at a time when you might be off work because of the injury. All of this can be the perfect storm that blasts your finances. Seeking compensation is one of the ways that you can try to minimize the damage that is done by the accident and the injury.

Source: American Society of Neuroradiology, "Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Concussion," accessed Feb. 23, 2017

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