While concussions are not detected on MRI and CAT scans, these imaging tests may pick up additional brain injuries in someone who’s getting worse or one who is not improving as expected. Tools exist that help the clinician decide which injured patients require scans to detect blood clots or structural brain injury.13,14 It’s important to note that concussion does not show up on imaging tests.
- Whiplash and concussion: a neck injury such as whiplash can affect how concussion symptoms present. One type of injury may cloud the other, and they can co-exist.
- Sleep disturbances & emotional distress may be due to concussion, or may confuse the situation by mimicking concussion symptoms. This is taken in to consideration by a physician when evaluating a possible concussion.
When in doubt, refer to a physician who is knowledgeable about concussion.