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Screening and Tests for Concussion

Screening for concussion will likely begin with the doctor asking a series of questions—How did you get the injury? Did you lose consciousness?—and performing a neurological exam to test the patient’s memory and how well the brain is functioning. Imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, may also be used to generate internal images of the brain.

In some cases, the doctor may hospitalize the patient overnight for observation; or, if the patient is sent home but requires observation, someone should check on him or her every few hours for at least 24 hours, rousing the patient to ensure that he or she can attain normal consciousness. 

Locations for Concussion