Whether a person has a “mild,” “moderate” or “severe” traumatic brain injury (TBI) is governed by the Glasgow Coma Scale. A score of 13-15 is a “mild” injury, a score of 9-12 is a “moderate” injury, and a score of 8 or less is a “severe” injury. 75% of brain injuries are considered “mild.” However, the consequences of a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) frequently are not mild and, in some instances, never go away.
Recently, a physician from New York University’s School of Medicine, reported that resting-state magnetic resonance imaging (an MRI) can be used to identify a mild TBI. Apparently, a resting-state MRI can identify increased thalamic resting-state networks (RSNs) and reduced symmetry. “We welcome additional radiological imaging to identify what really is a silent epidemic,” said Michael A. Bottar, a New York traumatic brain injury attorney. “Until recently, medicine said that you were fine if you did not fracture your skull, and had a normal CT and/or MRI. We know, from experience, that some people who experience a MTBI have no outward signs of injury. Even so, they are never the same.”
Some signs and symptoms of a MTBI include: transient confusion, disorientation, loss of consciousness or altered consciousness, memory dysfunction, headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue and poor concentration.