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Portable scanners can help diagnose brain injuries

For people in Louisiana who have suffered a head injury, it is important to obtain a quick and accurate diagnosis of the trauma. Brain injuries can be traumatic or acquired. In general, traumatic brain injury is caused by a force or similar impact. Examples include falls, car accidents or physical assaults. Acquired brain injury is something that happens to the brain after birth that does not involve external physical force. For example, it could describe damage due to a tumor, stroke or hypoxic brain injury.

Every year, about 2,685 people die due to brain injuries. There are a number of specific types of traumatic brain injury, including concussions, contusions, penetrating injuries and second-impact syndrome.

In order for doctors to diagnose a brain injury, usually an MRI or CT scan at a hospital is necessary. However, a portable device has been developed that can help to determine whether these types of scans are necessary after a head trauma. These portable scanners can identify matters of concern to first responders, paramedics and ambulance personnel as well as physicians. While the portable scanner does not replace the need for a CT scan, it can help to provide guidance as to the nature of an injury.

People who have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a car crash or another incident caused by negligent behavior can face long-term, damaging effects. A personal injury lawyer can help a victim with brain injuries pursue a claim for damages that cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

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