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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How is a brain injury diagnosed?

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    Kathy Pritchard

    Occupational Therapist (OT)

    I have 20 years experience as an Occupational Therapist with 10 years as an OT driving assessor for people with medical conditions. I have a … View Profile

    This is generally via a CT scan or MRI - however some people may have symptomolgy even if the scans don't show anything because of diffuse axonial injuries, subtle changes may be determined via cognitive testing and assessments.

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    Dr Nicholas Bradfield

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Bradfield is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working in private practice and in the public health system in Melbourne, Australia. He has clinical experience conducting neuropsychological … View Profile

    A brain injury may be diagnosed in a number of ways, depending on the nature of the injury. Neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychiatrists and neuropsychologists are examples of professionals who have expertise in diagnosing certain types of brain injury. A brain scan is not diagnostic in and of itself: a diagnosis should he established through the interpretation of history, examination and investigations (such as imaging results) by a qualified individual in the context of a clinical scenario.

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