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Ohio TBI patients and the risks of late detection

Ohio patients who have been the victim of a traumatic brain injury may find interest in a recent study that discusses the benefits of early detection. Military members who receive brain imaging soon after the injury has occurred may not only receive treatment more promptly but better treatment as well. MRI tests can help diagnose microbleeding, a trigger to such secondary conditions as stroke and swelling of the brain.

When it comes to detecting microbleeding in the brain, early testing is the most effective, according to the study. Of the 603 military service members who had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries and observed in the study, 7 percent also suffered microbleeding on the brain. According to researchers, microbleeding is more difficult to detect after months have passed since an injury because the iron deposits from blood on the brain change with time. MRI tests done within three months of an injury yielded detected microbleeding at a rate of 24 percent, while tests performed after one year detected microbleeding at a rate of 5.2 percent.

According to a news release from the Radiological Society of North America, patients who do not receive an MRI until long after they are injured are more likely to receive delayed treatment for cerebral microhemorrhages. Early detection may help doctors explain acute TBI symptoms and identify the extent of the damage, according to one researcher. Access to MRI in the field is believed to facilitate early TBI detection and treatment for the 23 percent of military service members who are expected to develop this type of injury in 2015.

Brain trauma patients who suffered their injuries as the result of the negligence of another person, such as a distracted driver, may want to consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss how to obtain compensation for their losses. Legal counsel might consult with the client's physician to ensure that all appropriate tests have been given so that damages for any future medical care required to treat symptoms that may arise are sought when preparing a lawsuit against the responsible party.

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