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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can brain damage caused by a blow or shock to the head show up on an mri?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alfred Parkhill Hand
Radiology 21 years experience
Yes: Yes, but not always. Some damage may take years to be visible on mri.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
A CT Scan without contrast likely the first test to be done. They are looking to rule out bleeding/fracture, which can be readily be seen and may save someone's life if addressed promptly.
Dec 31, 2013

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Would brain damage caused by a blow to the head show up on an MRI?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Brain injuries & MRI: Some brain injuries show on MRI, like contusion, bleeding, etc. Not all injuries show on an MRI. Concussion may appear as no injury on MRI.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Could i cause myself brain damage by turning my head fast?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Significant force: Not usually in adults unless severe incident in high speed motor vehicle accident. In infants can cause intracranial hemorrhage with sheering of blood vessels, so called shaken baby syndrome.

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