I Had A Serious Concussion But The MRI Came Back Negative. What Does this Mean?

The results of an MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging test, while very thorough, don't show every injury in the brain. A ‘normal’ result cannot single-handedly rule out brain trauma.

In some instances, the MRI test may have been performed too soon. The effects of serious concussions are not always immediately apparent. For example, if you have a slow bleed in the brain after an injury, but were given an MRI right away, there may not have been enough blood to cause concern in your results at the time of the test. A follow up MRI taken days or weeks later may show a totally different brain.

In other cases, the MRI doesn’t have the power to see the injuries. The standard MRI scanners used in most ERs can detect blood and lesions as small as 1 millimeter. That sounds really small, but the brain has a lot of even smaller parts. Persons with diffuse axonal injuries often don’t show any indicators of brain injury on an MRI test because the axons in the brain are so tiny (one thousand times smaller than a millimeter) the tests can’t even detect them.

The brains of people with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Schizophrenia, and Parkinson ’s disease would all appear to be normal based on MRI or CT imaging, but we can all agree there is something wrong in those brains.

Simply put, a negative MRI does not mean you don’t have any brain damage. If you are experiencing symptoms of a serious concussion or brain injury after an accident, speak to your doctor about your concerns.  Please note, to have a legitimate medical malpractice claim, your surgeon or doctor had to have been grossly negligent, completely misreading your MRI.

Have you suffered a serious brain injury? You need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.  Jim Dodson Law is here to help. Contact us online or call us directly at 888.815.6398. We will be happy to answer any questions during your free consultation.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.