CitiMed Comprehensive TBI Center
Medical Diagnostic Imaging Center & Radiologist located in Midtown, New York, NY
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 CitiMed Comprehensive TBI Center 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.
Brain Screening Q & A
What is a brain screening?
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.
When should I have a brain screening?
You should consider having a brain screening if any of the following apply:
- You sustained a head injury or trauma
- You experience the sudden onset of brain-related symptoms
- You’re affected by long-standing headache or memory problems
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:
- Memory loss
- Poor concentration
- Equilibrium problems
- Sleep disturbances
When you experience PTH, a brain screening can help diagnose or rule out dangerous complications, such as a brain bleed.
What other brain problems can an MRI reveal?
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:
- Evidence of a stroke
- Brain tumors
- Brain infections
- Hemorrhage following trauma
- Vascular problems, such as an aneurysm
- Evidence of neurological disease
- Pituitary gland disorders
What can I expect during an MRI?
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.