Neuroimaging for Traumatic Brain Injuries

As a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorney, I know that one of the most serious kinds of injuries which a victim of a car, truck or motorcycle wreck might suffer is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A brain injury caused by a Texas traffic collision can range in severity from mild, to moderate, to severe. In order to determine the severity of your head injury and thus proper treatment, it is essential that you seek expert medical treatment as soon as possible following your automobile crash.
Studies suggest the proper management of TBI sequelae can significantly alter the impact of your brain injury if done within the first 48 hours after the injury occurred. In most cases, this means the patient must undergo one or more neuroimaging techniques which can help to determine the extent and severity of the traumatic brain injury which occurred.

Computerized Tomography Scans

CT or CAT scans are the most widely used form of brain scan used by doctors when initially evaluating a patient’s injuries. As it uses a computer to construct a digital image of the brain through the absorption of X-rays through the brain, a CAT scan is the most convenient type of neuroimaging as it can easily be performed while the patient is hooked up to IVs and other ICU equipment. CT scans allow doctors to clearly identify intracranial bleeding and are superior to X-rays when identifying skull fractures. However, they offer little post-acute value and typically have very poor resolution.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

An MRI scan uses magnetic fields to create an image of the patient’s brain tissue, allowing for a far better resolution than a CT scan. This means that it has no ionizing radiation like CT scans or X-rays, and it is also far better at identifying Parenchymal Lesions. However, because the patient is required to lie entirely within a magnetic tunnel to undergo the scan, it means that patients who are hooked up to an IV or to other medical equipment cannot receive a MRI scan. It is also far more uncomfortable for the patient in general and takes substantially longer to complete than a CT scan.

Positron Emission Tomography

PET scans are drastically different from CT and MRI scans. Those tests look only at the structure of the brain, whereas PET scans are more focused on the functioning of the brain, making it particularly useful when trying to identify subtle signs of brain injury. This makes PET scans the most useful type of neuroimaging technique when it comes to identifying traumatic brain injuries, putting it on a par with Neuropsych Testing.
Other functional tests which might be used in traumatic brain injury cases include SPECT, FMRI, MRI Spectroscopy, EEG and QEEG scanning.

Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a catastrophic injury accident, it is important that you have experienced legal representation on your side to give you the best possible chance of recovering the full and fair compensation you need to pay your expensive medical bills. Hiring a board certified attorney to deal with the insurance company on your behalf also means that you are free to focus entirely on getting better and learning to adapt to life with an injury.
To speak with a Dallas-Fort Worth traumatic brain injury lawyer today, please call us toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally in Ft. Worth at 817-294-1900 or in Dallas at 214-327-8000.

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