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Using SPECT to Better Detect Traumatic Brain Injury

Using SPECT to Better Detect Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are unpredictable in their consequences. They vary in severity, sometimes resulting in long-term unconsciousness and severe brain damage, while other times going undetected because the symptoms are relatively mild or difficult to discern.

Mild-to-moderate TBIs can damage the brain's structure or impede its functioning, and they may produce symptoms that last for days, weeks, or even months. Even though they're termed "mild-to-moderate," their consequences can still prove costly and disruptive to people who suffer from them.

Unfortunately, they're also more difficult to detect than severe TBIs. The evidence of harm to brain structure or functioning may be subtle, and it doesn't help that symptoms don't always crop up immediately.

How can SPECT help?

Some brain-scanning technologies are more sensitive to milder TBIs than others.

Typically, doctors rely on CT scans or MRIs to evaluate the brain after a suspected TBI. While both of these scanners continue to play an important role in determining the brain's health, there's research showing that their sensitivity is inadequate when it comes to the more subtle changes brought about by mild-to-moderate TBIs.

A recent article from Psychiatry Advisor points out how SPECT (single-photon emission computerized tomography) often proves a more sensitive type of scanning technology for milder TBIs, detecting abnormalities in the brain that CT scans and MRIs may not pick up on.

One of the reasons it's important to be aware of this kind of technology is that it could impact your case after a TBI-inducing accident. The diagnosis you receive, and the evidence of the injury you present, affects how your accident case gets handled. A SPECT scan may show something different from a standard CT. And then of course a more precise diagnosis also affects the kind of treatment doctors recommend for you. More sensitive scanners can have a profound effect on your life.

Should you suffer an accident that has possibly resulted in a TBI, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll carefully review your case, including the evidence demonstrating the extent of your injury.

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