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What are the tests for head injury?

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In brief: Several

The usual test is a CT scan of the head, which provides a huge amount of information.
An MRI is done in a few specialized cases, usually if the symptoms are severe but the CT scan is normal. There is one type of brain injury that a CT does not detect. Rarely an arteriogram may be performed to look for a blood vessel injury.

In brief: Several

The usual test is a CT scan of the head, which provides a huge amount of information.
An MRI is done in a few specialized cases, usually if the symptoms are severe but the CT scan is normal. There is one type of brain injury that a CT does not detect. Rarely an arteriogram may be performed to look for a blood vessel injury.
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: CAT SCan

Computerized tomography (ct) scan of the head allows the brain to be imaged and examined for bleeding and swelling in the brain.
It can also evaluate bony injuries to the skull and look for bleeding in the sinuses of the face associated with basilar skull fractures. Ct does not assess brain function, and patients suffering axonal shear injury may be comatose with a normal ct scan of the head.

In brief: CAT SCan

Computerized tomography (ct) scan of the head allows the brain to be imaged and examined for bleeding and swelling in the brain.
It can also evaluate bony injuries to the skull and look for bleeding in the sinuses of the face associated with basilar skull fractures. Ct does not assess brain function, and patients suffering axonal shear injury may be comatose with a normal ct scan of the head.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology
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In brief: CT / EEG / etc

Initially CT excludes surgically correctable issues.
EEG is used if there are paroxysmal events (confusion, rage, lapses). At some point formal neuropsychological testing is done if cognitive, memory or comportment issues persist. In my practice this might consist of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours of testing (frontal executive function, visual-spatial processing and memory testing.)

In brief: CT / EEG / etc

Initially CT excludes surgically correctable issues.
EEG is used if there are paroxysmal events (confusion, rage, lapses). At some point formal neuropsychological testing is done if cognitive, memory or comportment issues persist. In my practice this might consist of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours of testing (frontal executive function, visual-spatial processing and memory testing.)
Dr. Eric Weisman
Dr. Eric Weisman
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