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Approach to imaging in mild traumatic brain injury
Jonathan Sivakumar
Discipline of Surgery, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW, Australia.

Article ID: 100051Z12JS2017
doi: 10.5348/Z12-2017-51-RA-16

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Dr. Jonathan Sivakumar,
Discipline of Sugery,
University of Sydney,
Camperdown, NSW 2006

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Sivakumar J. Approach to imaging in mild traumatic brain injury. J Case Rep Images Surg 2017;3:61–63.


Traumatic brain injury is a commonly encountered condition in the emergency department. Mild traumatic brain injury and its sequelae of diffuse axonal injury are difficult to diagnose with computed tomography scans as the preferred acute imaging modality. Our current decision on whether or not to scan a patient in the acute setting is best decided upon by the Canadian CT head rule. The role for MRI scans in diagnosing diffuse axonal injury is unclear, but current evidence suggests that they are preferred after the initial 48-hour period following head trauma.

Keywords: Diffuse axonal injury, Surgical imaging, Traumatic brain injury

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Jonathan Sivakumar – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
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