Following an accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible even if you’re unsure about the extent of your injuries. Your doctor and other health care professionals will document your injuries and formulate a treatment plan. A standard procedure would include an X-ray, but sometimes hidden injuries cannot be detected without an MRI. An MRI differs from an X-ray in that it can create images of all internal organs and soft tissues, which an X-ray cannot. An MRI can also be used to scan both the cervical spine (C-spine) by your neck, as well as the lumbar spine (L-spine), the lower back.
For a non-fault accident, it is imperative that any injuries or mental health issues you experience be documented appropriately. Your personal injury attorney will require detailed analysis of your injuries to begin the legal process. This will also help to proceed along with claims that all procedures were necessary and help to ensure that there are no surprises in the future. A claim may be denied for reasons outside of your control, but you’ll want as much documented as you can, for both peace of mind and your overall health and well-being.
Without an MRI, it may not be possible to receive fair compensation. Furthermore, a delayed procedure could end up causing more severe and sometimes permanent damage. Adrenaline after an accident tends to hide or block pain receptors which can lead to delayed injury. Some ailments, such as inflammation, can show up as far as 3 days after an accident and can last up to 6 weeks.
Other ailments can include:
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Heart palpitations
- Joint pain
- Back pain
At Alliance MRI, we specialize in providing professional care and comfort for anyone, looking for convenient diagnostic imaging. We will provide you and your doctor with detailed reports to help guide you back to good health as quickly as possible.
Contact us today for more information about our diagnostic imaging services.