As an expert radiologist, Sim Hoffman follows the standard protocols. When it comes to concussions, the guidelines usually don’t require CT or MRI imaging, but in certain cases, they are in fact the recommended procedure.
Not all Concussions Were Created Equal
Certain concussions are more problematic than others, in some cases not even producing major symptoms despite their serious nature. Regardless, their identification is only possible through a careful medical evaluation of the case, along with its unique circumstances. Taking a CT or MRI is recommended when some or a combination of the following symptoms occurs:
There are signs that could make the presence of a possible intracranial injury likely
- Symptoms suddenly worsen
- Lingering impairment, especially if the symptoms gradually worsen
- Having difficulties while trying to speak or not remembering one’s language
- Vision problems
- Worsening coordination or lacking fine motor skills (the patient is not capable of touching their nose for example)
- One of the eyelids start to close
- The patient is having difficulties swallowing
- The patient is having trouble staying awake or feels drowsy
- The patient has seizures
- Persistent symptoms (they should usually go away in a week, or maximum 10 days)
When there is a chance for an intracranial hemorrhage, CT is the way to go, whereas MRI’s are the better choice when the patient needs imaging one or two days after the incident. An experienced radiologist like Sim Hoffman will identify the warning signs early on.
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