Early Diagnosis of TBI
One of the great developments in the area of traumatic brain injury (TBI) research is the way that these injuries affect victims over time. Much more is known now about the short term impacts of concussion and other injuries to the brain. Some recent research is focusing in on the long term changes that occur that can lead to neurodegenerative disease. This is very important for those who have sustained a TBI or MTBI in a car or truck accident. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of TBI. There are nearly three million patients each year that visit the emergency room for these injuries. The vast majority of these patients will have a mild traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion. But some of these patients will have a more serious injury or TBI. At Scholle Law we want to inform our clients and readers about the importance of getting medical support after a concussion.
One of the most promising advances currently being researched is in the diagnosis of concussion. Screening for this condition will be possible to confirm through blood analysis. An injury in the brain can be found by looking at markers in the blood. This is because the brain makes specific biomarkers that would indicate concussion. The scientists working in this area have determined that some head injuries that are seen on a CT scan can also be revealed through biomarkers. The goal is to find a more sensitive biomarker for concussion, making it possible for doctors to know what region of the brain is involved and where the injury is located.