January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

Winter sports are a great way to stay in shape, but can be dangerous.

Likeliness of falls and head injuries increases on snow and ice… and when someone is speeding down a hill.

Examples: skating, sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hockey

Other causes: Scooters, jogging, cycling

Not only outdoor activities, but also indoor sports like basketball, wrestling, cheerleading

Different Types of TBI: Concussion, Contusion, Coup-Contrecoup

Diagnosing TBI:

  • Seek professional medical evaluation from a healthcare provider and to receive an order for CT or MRI as needed
  • Differences between CT Scan (commonly known as CAT scan) or MRI
    • CT uses series of x-ray images to create a detailed view of the brain
    • MRI uses radio waves and magnets to create a detailed view of the patient’s brain
  • Radiologist interprets scans and looks for bleeding, contusions, blood clots, swelling of brain tissue.

Where to go for CT and MRI:

Northwest Radiology offers CT and MRI scans among other imaging services at two outpatient centers located on N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis and Carmel. Once you get an order from a healthcare provider, call 317-XRAY-NOW (317-972-9669) or visit NorthwestRadiology.com to schedule.

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 Tips to preventing TBI:

  • Purchase a helmet that fits properly over a hat or cap
  • Replace your helmet after a serious fall or impact
  • Know your limits and your surroundings
  • Supervise children