After the initial examination and consultation, we may need additional testing to diagnosis, document, and develop an effective therapy program. Because every accident is unique, diagnostic tools and therapy programs are tailored to the individual.
Testing may include MRI, VNG, and Posturography.
These tests are available on site.
MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI is a powerful, painless, noninvasive medical imaging tool that can detect subtle changes in the body that may result from an accident. With innovative 3-D imaging, MRI can accurately identify abnormalities due to its deep tissue penetration. The MRI can produce detailed images of almost every internal structure of the human body, including organs, bones, muscles, and blood vessels. An MRI can detect swelling of brain tissue and other changes that can indicate areas of trauma. With high-resolution scanning, MRI can help to accurately diagnose concussion and its associated complications with greater accuracy and precision. The 3-D image produced by an MRI scan eliminates many of the problems associated with a flat image produced by an X-ray or CT scan. The MRI creates images using a large magnet and radio waves rather than radiation.
VNG: Videonystagmography (VNG) is an advanced and effective tool for diagnosing mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) with accuracy and efficiency. VNG is an advanced form of testing that provides an in-depth evaluation of the vestibular and ocular motor control systems. VNG measures a type of involuntary eye movement called nystagmus. These movements can be slow or fast, steady, or jerky. Nystagmus causes your eyes to move to side to side or up and down, or both. It happens when the brain gets conflicting messages from your eyes and the balance system in the inner ear. These conflicting messages can cause dizziness. Using VNG, healthcare professionals can accurately diagnose several MTBI-related conditions, including post-traumatic vestibular syndrome, balance disorders, and vertigo. Unlike traditional tests, VNG does not require any radiation or injections, making it a safe and efficient choice for diagnoses. With VNG, you can expect accurate results, timely diagnoses, and an effective treatment plan.
Posturography: Posturography is a noninvasive diagnostic tool used for quantifying balance and gait performance. The test measures sway using advanced sensors and sophisticated software while the patient stands on a platform with tilt or linear displacement of the platform. This is done both with eyes open and eyes closed and with movement of the visual surround on both a hard surface and cushioned surface. By gathering objective information about the patient's balance control, Posturography can be used to evaluate post-concussive symptoms, such as dizziness, balance deficits, and postural sway. Posturography offers a reliable and cost-effective method to diagnose and treat patients with MTBI and is used to create tailored rehabilitation plans.
An important aspect of diagnosis is the complete and proper documentation of injuries as well as treatments. Objective, quantitative, data-driven tests such as MRI, VNG and Posturography can help establish a scientific baseline for evaluating injuries and measuring the effectiveness of therapy.