Doctors Can Now Diagnose Concussions With Just A Blood Test
A study found the brain releases a protein into the bloodstream after it's injured. Doctors can now detect that protein to diagnose concussions.By Grant Suneson | March 28, 2016
Concussions are one of the thorniest issues facing sports today. But an Orlando, Florida, doctor may have just changed the game of how head injuries are diagnosed.
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology shows there’s a protein released into your bloodstream after a head injury, and doctors can detect it up to a week later.
This is huge news because, unlike most other injuries, doctors mostly rely on the person experiencing the concussion to relay their symptoms. Doctors can order a CT scan to check for brain injury, but they generally try to avoid it.