QNotes, Vol. 11, Issue 2
Qmetrics joins the Brain Injury Association and other organizations in recognizing March as Brain Injury Awareness Month and raising awareness about one type of brain injury – concussion.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, the CDC defines concussion as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) 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, stretching and damaging brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain.
A concussion is generally referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury or mTBI. There may be signs of injury to the head, such as bruising or cuts, or there may be no visible injury. A person does not necessarily pass out after a concussion.
Medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” traumatic brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, all brain injuries – including concussions – should be taken seriously.
As the long-term effects of concussion become more widely understood, Qmetrics’ DiscernAI mTBI Signature provides objective analysis of post-concussive MRI scans to discern more information for patients and doctors to use in treatment and recovery.