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Brain Scans for Head Injuries (AMSSM)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Imaging
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 01/06/2015
A blow to the head can cause a brain injury. The doctor may order a brain scan to make sure you do not have a fractured skull or a serious brain injury. But these scans are usually not needed, because brain scans are usually not helpful for a concussion.