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How Are Traumatic Brain Injuries Diagnosed?

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In traumatic accidents, such as severe car accidents or motorcycle accidents, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a common result. These injuries can be severe If someone suffers any sort of trauma to their head, they should seek immediate medical attention. Getting the right care for these injuries requires a proper medical diagnosis from a healthcare professional.

The Glasgow Coma Scale

The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is a 15-point scale that doctors use to initially assess the severity of a brain injury. The scale will assess an individual's ability to follow directions, speak, and move their eyes and limbs The higher the GCS score, the less severe injuries:

  • Mild TBI: GCS score of 13 to 15

  • Moderate TBI: GCS score of 9 to 12

  • Severe TBI: GCS score of 8 or lower

Imaging Tests

Healthcare providers may also use special imaging tests in order to properly diagnose a brain injury:

  • Computerized tomography (CT): A CT or “cat” scan takes x-rays from many different angles to create a whole picture of the brain.

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): An MRI uses magnets and radio waves to produce images that are more detailed than CT scans.

  • Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring: A brain injury can sometimes cause swelling in the skull, causing additional damage to the brain. With this test, a healthcare provider inserts a probe through the skull to monitor swelling and determine if a drain or stunt needs to be inserted.

A traumatic brain injury can lead to devastation for an individual and their family. The Edwards Law Firm is here to provide these injury victims with the legal advocacy they need during these incredibly difficult times. Let us take the burden off of your shoulders so you can focus on healing.

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