Diagnostic Testing

Over the years of representing persons who have a traumatic brain injury, the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch has extensive knowledge of the types of tests ordered to establish the diagnosis of a traumatic brain injury.

People that have had a traumatic brain injury are likely to receive hospital, medical and rehabilitative care from multi-disciplinary professionals.  Below is a summary of the possible diagnostic workup and tests that might be ordered for the person that has a traumatic brain injury.  As mentioned in other areas of this website, it is a widely accepted that a positive finding on tests such as the ones mentioned below, is not the only determining factor in the diagnosis of a traumatic brain injury.

Imaging technology can help assess the severity, location and type of injury to the brain:  Computed Tomography (CT) CT scans are more widely available and are typically the first scan taken. CT scans are generally are not as sensitive as MRIs, but they take less time to complete and have fewer potential complications.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) MRIs use a magnetic field to scan the brain. They are more sensitive than CT scans but take longer, have more restrictions and cost more. MRIs are not normally done in the acute care phase of a brain injury.

Other imaging techniques are more advanced neuroimaging technologies, but they tend to not be considered “standard medical care” and are not as widely available.  Other types of imaging technologies include Functional MRI (fMRI), Diffuse Tensor Imaging (DTI), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

Neuropsychological assessment is a specialized task-oriented evaluation of human brain-behavior relationships. It relies upon the use of standardized testing methods to evaluate higher cognitive functioning as well as basic sensory-motor processes.  It is appropriate for both a neurologist and a neuropsychologist to perform evaluations and there are some similarities to the kind of testing they do; however, the neuropsychological assessment is designed to provide more detailed and comprehensive information about cognitive capabilities than the neurological evaluation. A neuropsychologist is a psychologist with specialized training in brain-behavior relationships, and instead of being a medical doctor (MD), the academic credentials for a neuropsychologist will likely be PhD or PsyD.  The neuropsychologist will review the case history, hospital records and interview the individual and his/her family; or, in other words, acquire information about the “person” the individual was before the injury (i.e., school performance, habits, and lifestyle). If the evaluation is performed while the individual is in an active rehabilitation program it is used as a basis for formation of a treatment plan implemented by the therapists and others working in one-on-one or group settings with the individual.

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