Concussions — a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) that alters the way your brain functions — have been the focus of many news stories during the last decade. Most commonly, concussions are highlighted around the field of professional and competitive level sports.

Yet, more than one million concussions are reported each year by a wide range of individuals — those involved in motor vehicle accidents, falls and ski accidents, and are reported by athletes of all skill levels.

Please Remember: All Concussions are Serious

Many don't realize how serious a concussion can be, and how important it is to determine the extent of the injury. Concussions can have long-lasting effects if not diagnosed and properly treated.

Diagnosing a Concussion

How do I know if a concussion occurred?

If you or a loved one has suffered any kind of trauma to the head, for any reason, be sure to look out for these symptoms:

Concussion Signs and Symptoms

Physical signs

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Double or blurry vision

Cognitive signs

  • Difficulty concentrating or comprehending
  • Memory loss
  • Feelings of being "just not right" or in a fog

When to Go to the Doctor for a Head Injury

If you or a loved one is experiencing the previously mentioned symptoms, visit your nearest emergency room. Your physician can order an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan. High-quality MRI imaging is essential in identifying concussions in all patients.

MRI studies of the brain can help diagnose the severity of the concussion. Rose Medical Center's Center for Advanced Diagnostics at Lowry Medical Center offers a state-of-the-art 3.0 Tesla MRI system with advanced software that enables our radiologists to accurately determine the precise location and acuteness of the brain injury.