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How do you diagnose a traumatic brain injury?

A few days after a recent car accident, you do not feel certain you emerged unscathed. You do not have scratches, scrapes or broken bones, but you think you may have a traumatic brain injury.

To help you determine if you have a personal injury case and how to file an insurance claim, Mayo Clinic describes tests to diagnose TBI. Get the treatment and compensation you need to recover.

Gathering details

Speaking with a medical professional about your symptoms and the details of the motor vehicle accident help determine if you sustained a brain injury. You may hear questions related to how the injury happened, whether you lost consciousness, if you experienced changes to your personality or coordination, if the collision jostled you inside the vehicle and if you hit your head during the incident.

Glasgow Coma Scale

With a 15-point exam, the Glasgow Coma Scale determines the degree of brain injury a person may have. Completing the test requires moving your limbs and eyes and following directions. The lower the score, the more severe the brain injury.

Imaging exam

You may undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam, which uses magnets and radio waves to take an image of your brain. A doctor may recommend an MRI if you do not show signs of recovering from your brain injury or after your medical condition becomes more stable after your accident.

Another imaging exam to diagnose a potential TBI is the computerized tomography scan. X-rays create an in-depth image of your brain. The CT exam pinpoints bleeding, fractures, bruising and swelling of the brain.

Do not take unnecessary risks with your health. You must know how to make a full recovery after your motor vehicle collision.