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Brain scans can detect microbleeding after severe brain injury

New Jersey patients who potentially suffered a traumatic brain injury may be interested to learn that they may receive treatment faster if they undergo brain imaging soon after the injury occurs. This is because, according to a recently-published study, the imaging allows doctors to find microbleeding that could lead to secondary complications such as stroke or brain swelling.

In the study, 603 military personnel who had had a traumatic brain injury were used as participants. Special MRI scans were used to detect sources of bleeding on the brain. Two groups were created; those who were scanned within three months of their injuries and those who were scanned after three months had elapsed. Ultimately, the study found that the ability to detect microbleeding became reduced as time went on.

The authors of the study argued that an early specialized MRI scan of the patient may help to explain certain clinical symptoms that may be seen in patients that suffered a traumatic brain injury. Additionally, the scans may also help doctors determine how severe the brain damage actually is, allowing for timely treatment.

A person who suffers a traumatic brain injury in a car accident is at risk for suffering complications that can include secondary symptoms and impacts to everyday life. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, the injured victim may want to speak with an attorney about the advisability of filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Damages that could be sought in this type of a civil action could include the costs of long-term medical care and treatment, among other amounts.

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