If you suffer a blow to the head, always make sure it isnt a serious brain injury. The phrase better safe than sorry applies more to brain injuries than almost any other organ in the body. Because your brain is so important, its vital to get properly diagnosed and treated after a head injury. A lot of times, people with head injuries dismiss headaches as not being serious. Dont be one of those people — get yourself checked out by a doctor, and if it’s necessary, a neuropsychologist.To diagnose your brain injury, your doctor may order one of several different tests. Diagnostic imaging is usually the first test conducted by doctors. These images take internal pictures of the body to detect broken bones, soft tissue damage or internal bleeding. Since X-rays dont really detect soft tissue injuries, and computed tomography scans (CT scans) arent ideal for diagnosing brain injuries. Magnetic resonance imaging is one of the most useful neurological imaging techniques.Magnetic resonance imaging is a fairly new technology. Magnetic resonance imaging, or more often referred to as an MRI, is commonly used in radiology to help doctors see the internal structure and body function.
How Do MRIs Work?
MRIs are basically a picture of some of the smallest units of matter known to man: photons. Water molecules contain two hydrogen protons. Since about two-thirds of your body is composed of water, MRIs use water molecules to make an image.Heres how it works:The MRI machine emits a powerful magnetic field, and the protons line themselves up with the direction of the field. The electromagnetic field is turned on causing the protons to change their alignment depending on the field. Once the field is turned off, the protons go back to their original alignment, but the changes in alignment create a signal that can be detected by the scanner. The position of the protons can be found by adding other magnetic fields during the scan create the images. Contrast agents are also injected through an I.V. to enhance the appearance of blood vessels, tumors or inflammation in images.The end result will hopefully allow your doctor to give you an accurate brain injury diagnosis. If your brain injury was caused by someone else, you should think about hiring a knowledgeable brain injury lawyer.
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Since 1992, the brain injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC in San Diego have been helping people just like you deal with a personal injury claim if you have physical and emotional damages as a result of a traumatic brain injury. We know that the legal process can at times be very confusing, but our experience can help guide you through the process.Dont worry about fighting insurance companies. Our experienced brain injury attorneys in San Diego are here to help you recover the maximum personal injury settlement with the least amount of stress.If you or a loved one has symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices in San Diego as soon as possible following the cause at 1-858-551-2090 or please click here for a FREE consultation with an experienced brain injury attorney. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing until we recover money on your behalf.