If you started having severe headaches following a recent head injury, you’re probably experiencing post-traumatic headaches (PTH), or headaches brought on by a traumatic brain injury (TBI). For the estimated 1.7 million people who are affected by TBIs of varying degrees every year, recurrent headaches are the most common complaint. At Alpha 3T MRI in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, board-certified radiologist Dr. Karl L. Hussman provides comprehensive diagnostic brain screening tests for patients who’ve experienced head trauma. To find out more, call the office or book your appointment online today.
Initially, patients with any type of brain trauma are assessed by physicians who provide acute injury treatment and a comprehensive physical and neurological exam. The full extent of any brain trauma is typically revealed through a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
You should consider having a brain screening if any of the following apply:
Brain screenings are often used to discover what may be causing persistent migraine headaches or long-term post-traumatic headaches (PTH) following an injury, such as a concussion. Any headache that develops within a week of sustaining a head injury or after regaining consciousness following a head injury qualifies as a PTH.
A PTH isn’t just a consequence of severe brain trauma — it’s just as likely to occur after mild and moderate brain injuries, too. Persistent PTH is often a symptom of post-traumatic syndrome, a complex condition that includes a variety of trauma-related neurological symptoms, including:
When you experience PTH, a brain screening can help diagnose or rule out dangerous complications, such as a brain bleed.
Dr. Hussman and your physician can use the clear, detailed pictures of your brain and cranial structures from an MRI scan to look for a variety of potential problems, including:
MRI is a noninvasive technology that relies on a combination of powerful magnetic energy, radio frequency pulses, and a computer to create detailed images of your brain and head structures. To get those clear images, you lie on a table in the MRI unit, and Dr. Hussman performs the exam from a computer in an adjacent room.
MRI scans are safe and painless. Most procedures last 30-60 minutes, depending on how many pictures are required. After the procedure, you may be asked to wait as Dr. Hussman checks the images to make sure he has everything he needs.
Dr. Hussman can evaluate MRI pictures on the computer screen or print them out. He can also send them electronically to your referring physician.