EEG Concussion Test For Head Injury & Brain Physicals
Detect Early Brain Injury from Concussion, Learn About Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries & Discover the Importance of a Proper Concussion Test.
Have you or your loved one suffered a blow to the head during a car accident, at work, or while playing a sport? Perhaps it was a concussion after a fall. Chances are, you or your loved one who you saw lose consciousness made a trip to the local emergency room only to be sent home after a negative CT scan of the head. And chances are that you’re still suffering from symptoms like headaches, nausea, or feeling unwell overall. That’s because what you really needed from the health care facility was a concussion test.
You are not alone in suffering sports concussions. Most early brain injury from a concussion is missed by athletic trainers and coaches who don’t have access to baseline testing because the athletes were never screened with a brain physical. And when there is a concussion-related trip to the ER, the athlete is very often given a return to play or allowed to return to regular physical activity by an ER physician. This happens because the ER, contrary to scientific evidence, still uses a CT Scan for concussion screening. In the case of heart injury, electrical changes are sought by performing an EKG (not an X-RAY). Similarly, getting a CT Scan misses electrical injury to brain tissue. The CT Scan while helpful in ruling out bleeding inside the brain does little to screen for concussion-related brain injury – a far more common occurrence. You or your loved one could, therefore, still have suffered a brain injury from the car accident or head trauma that was missed because a concussion EEG based test was not performed.
The Problem with CT Scans
Studies have proven that routine CT Scans after head injury can still return normal results, even though the patient may still have an early brain injury that puts them at risk for long term brain damage called CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). You could even suffer from Degenerative Brain Disease, as is seen in football players and army veterans returning home from tours of duty in war-ravaged countries like Afghanistan.
Statcare has a Full Concussion Program in place and can detect these early brain injury patterns by using an FDA Approved concussion test–the same test that the US Armed Forces uses in battle. Statcare is the only center to offer this cutting-edge concussion test service at all its locations.
All of our staff is trained to screen and detect concussion after head injury–whether the injury happened at work or in a car accident or while playing contact sports like soccer, football and basketball. There is only a small window period within which this can be reliably diagnosed and treated.
Prevent CTE. Prevent TBI. Don’t wait. Call us now and get tested ASAP with our advanced concussion test services!
Brain Injury Can Happen to Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime. And It’s Not Always Easy to Detect.
- You were in a fender bender and you’re feeling queasy. Is it stress or a concussion.
- Your husband fell on the ice and hit his head. He looks okay, but are you sure?
- You got hit by a pop fly at softball practice. Just a bump, or something more?
What is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)?
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) is the result of the forceful motion of the head or impact to the head causing a brief change in mental status (confusion, disorientation, or loss of memory) or loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes.
A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. A concussion can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain, and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. Thankfully, when caught early, a mTBI can be detected with the help of a concussion test.
Mild traumatic brain injuries and concussions are often overlooked, but they can have very serious immediate and lasting impact to the individuals who experience them. Therefore, it’s very important to detect a mTBI as soon as possible, with a proper concussion test.
Causes of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
You may have a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) – and possibly a concussion – if you have experienced any of the following:
- Unexpected fall
- Unexpectedly being struck by or against a foreign object
- Motor vehicle related injury
- Assault by another person or animal
- Collision with another player, object, or the ground while playing sports
Common Symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Concussion
After experiencing a brain injury or concussion, your symptoms may be subtle and may not be present or noticed at the time of injury. Symptoms may be delayed days or even weeks before they appear.
A person with a brain injury often looks and moves normally, despite not feeling or thinking normally. This is why consulting with a medical practitioner, as soon as possible after a brain injury, and receiving a concussion test is imperative to diagnosing a mTBI as soon as possible.
Some common symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury and concussion are:
- Visual disturbances
- Memory loss
- Poor attention/concentration
- Sleep disturbances
- Dizziness/loss of balance
- Irritability-emotional disturbances
- Feelings of depression
- Loss of smell
- Sensitivity to light and sounds
- Mood changes
- Getting lost or confused
- Slowness in thinking
How to Properly Assess a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion
Statcare Urgent Care uses BrainScope® One, an advanced type of concussion test tool, to aid in the assessment and diagnosis of your traumatic brain injury and concussion.
What is BrainScope® One?
The BrainScope® One head injury assessment device uses state-of-the-art, handheld technology and a proprietary disposable headset to help the clinician answer two key questions:
- Is there a structural injury component (i.e., bleed, hematoma, contusion, etc.) to your brain injury that would be visible on a CT scan or advanced neuroimaging device (i.e., MRI)?
- Is there a functional component to your brain injury that is indicative of a concussion?
The device also offers rapid cognitive performance tests, as well as numerous commonly used concussion assessment tools. BrainScope® One helps your provider determine next steps in the treatment of your brain injury/concussion.
How does BrainScope® One Work?
BrainScope® One uses EEG (electroencephalograph) technology, which records electrical activity generated by the brain. Using the EEG output, BrainScope® One marries machine learning and advanced algorithm methodologies to identify and evaluate physiological biomarkers of brain injury.
BrainScope® One gives your provider easy-to-use concussion test results, which helps your provider determine the next steps in treatment of your mild to traumatic brain injury or concussion.
How Long does a BrainScope® One Concussion Test Take?
The BrainScope® One assessment can take around 20 to 30 minutes to complete. The test time is dependent on the operator (who performs the test on you) and the components of the test that are utilized (EEG, neurocognitive, and other concussion assessment tools).
What are the Benefits of BrainScope® One?
BrainScope® One is FDA-cleared and enables fast, objective assessment of mild traumatic brain injury and concussion at the point of care. Additionally, BrainScope® One is patient-friendly, non-invasive, and does not require the patient to be exposed to radiation.
BrainScope® One is convenient for the patient and reduces wait time and expenses that the patient would incur with an ER visit.
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