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Is there a blood test for concussions?

After a car accident in Montana, you may receive the unfortunate news that you have a brain injury. Sometimes the injured party may even be another family member. Brain injuries can severely impact a person’s physical and mental health. Because of this, doctors often order a mandatory CT scan.

However, according to CNN, CT scans do not always detect concussions. In fact, CT scans are overwhelmingly negative. Imagine risking 200 times the radiation of a chest X-ray with a 90% possibility of a negative result. It is expensive, especially for patients who may not have insurance. Throw in the reluctance of some car insurance companies to pay for medical bills, or lack of insurance for the at-fault driver, and the out-of-pocket expenses could soar.

There is another available test recently approved by the FDA. It involves a blood test taken within 12 hours that can provide results in three to four hours. How does it work? After brain trauma, there are elevated levels of particular proteins in the blood. These may be detected as early as 15 minutes after the injury occurred.

After completing this test, doctors can decide whether or not a CT scan is necessary. Note that the test may cost around $150, whereas a CT scan may cost up to $1,500. So, do you lose quality while saving money? The blood test proved to be 99.6% as accurate when it came to ruling out a concussion and 97.5% as good at identifying a concussion. This may make it a cost-effective and healthier alternative.

This article provides information on findings related to using a blood test to detect concussions. It should not be used as legal or medical advice.

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