How Is Concussion Diagnosed?

How is concussion diagnosed?

Glasgow Coma Score (GCS)
The GCS was developed to quickly assess a patient’s neurologic status based on speech, eye opening, and movement. The scale is used as part of the initial evaluation of a patient. Since it “scores” the level of coma, the GCS can be used by healthcare providers with different skill levels to assess changes in patient status.

Computerized Tomography (CT scan)
Not everyone who has sustained a blow to the head needs a CT scan. The Canadian Head CT Rules were developed to minimize the number of brain scans that were done with little chance of finding bleeding in the brain and requiring an operation. There is no need for CT scanning if none of the following high or medium risk criteria are met.

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