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Does anybody have advice about getting a CT scan of my brain?

I had a very serious accident 7 years ago and I've got a brain injury. the doctors have always told me that I did have a scan but they can't find the results.

Now I've been asked to do a medical study and they need to know where my brain was damaged to help me.

Should I request a CT scan now?

And was anyone helpful for them.

Many thanks meg

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Scans are very expensive and often brain injuries don't show up very well on them or indicate the specific difficulties post bi. If you haven't had new medical concerns it is unlikely you would get a doctor to refer you for a scan as in many cases post bi, after the initial injury, inflammation, swelling, bleed etc, they are not considered routinely necessary. Did you have neuro psych testing done after your bi because that would indicate more specifically your cognitive difficulties and the area and extent of your brain injury.

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Yes I did. Do you mean tests with a psychologist? I think so thank you for your reply

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Yes I do mean the testing that a neuropsychologist does.

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I've had several CTs in the past and had no trouble. I knew of 2 BIs but this year I've passed out a few times,and to get the low down on the cause I had an MRI that found a third one. Next tests I am to have are for Neuropathy. So finding the new BI has helped to find the cause. Don't worry about the CT. it can only help.

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Do you mean that you had a brain injury and you didn't realise? What is neuropathy?

Thank you

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The BI that sneaked in must've happened in one of the the times when I passed out over the last few months. I, my GP , and EP thought it was epilepsy that I also have, hence the MRI. That was how the BI was discovered. The neuropathy, I had heard the word before but only read about on the internet yesterday. It's a good read. I get symptoms of Parkinson's which was mentioned in the net along with tremors, balance, co-ordination, tiredness, list goes on. Therefore, it maybe easier to look it up on the internet. I think that you will get a more understandable idea about it. I'm sorry about that but my working life was soldier, fireman and driver so my understanding and conclusion could well be wrong. Dave

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Oh that sounds nasty. Your epilepsy must be really scary in case you hit your head. I hope that they find medication to help you with neuropathy.

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I agree with StrawbrryCream. You may want to check out a SPECT scan. Much more useful than a CT or MRI when it comes to seeing what how the brain is working.

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Okay I will have to look that one up. Thanks. Have you had one? Cos MRI scan is a bit loud and nasty.

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Here's a link to probably one of the top experts on SPECT scans. Plenty of free information about them: amenclinics.com/why-spect/

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Oh wow never heard of SPECT! Do you think this is only available in USA? CT & mri only show the lesions in my twin boys nowadays but plenty of interruption has occurred and this would be a great tool, any idea of cost? Even rough idea? ☺

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