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New study may help Texas residents suffering from a brain injury

Recent research shows that MRIs may be more adept at detecting the presence of a brain injury than CT scans. When a Texas patient receives treatment for such an injury in the emergency room, CT scans are the standard technology used to evaluate the extent of the problem. However, over 100 patients suffering from a mild brain injury initially received the scans when they were admitted to the hospital, but then underwent MRIs approximately one week later. The results revealed 99 of the patients showed no signs of a brain injury when they underwent a CT scan. Once they underwent the MRI testing, 27 of those patients showed signs of microscopic brain bleeding.

This research could change the way brain injury testing occurs in the hospital because using the MRIs allows doctors to make more accurate predictions on long-term prognoses. At this time, doctors do not have a way to gauge whether someone with a mild brain injury will endure long-term effects. Research shows 15 percent of patients who suffered such an injury will have issues over the long term, but the newest work could help doctors assess suffering patients and assist them in developing new medical technology to help treat them.

Every year in this country almost two million people are treated for a brain injury. Three-quarters of those people have only suffered a mild injury, but do have physical symptoms such as vomiting or amnesia. It is believed more people than that suffer from head injuries, but they are unable to count those not treated in the emergency room. The majority of people who do show up with such an injury often never receive hospitalization and are released after being treated. Although most will recover with no issues, one in six people who suffer a brain injury will develop some type of disability, in some cases permanent.

When a Texas resident suffers a brain injury due to an accident caused by another, it can be difficult to understand the long-term effects that one may eventually be left to deal with. This is why it is important to understand one's legal rights. When a brain injury occurs, it could lead to the necessity for life-time medical treatment. Since health care costs are skyrocketing, it is an important matter to consider when considering a personal injury claim.

Source: rdmag.com, "MRIs reveal signs of brain injuries not seen in CT scans," Jason Bardi, Dec. 19, 2012

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