The Sad Truth
Patients expecting a diagnosis in most hospitals settings are facing a sad truth. Regular X-ray photos reveals nothing. If they are referred for CT or MRI scans performed horizontally (without applied brain and neck function), the scans will likely:
- NOT reveal a mild traumatic brain injury
- NOT reveal the mild traumatic neck / spinal /whiplash injury
There is hope for the future!
In 2018, Worlds first laboratory test for concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) was approved in the USA by the FDA. It might have potential future uses for whiplash patients.
Imaging presents promising news as well – and hopefully the functional MRI scans that revolutionized neuroscience 15 years ago finds its way to public hospitals, soon.
Below you can see an upright fMRI scan revealing injury after a whiplash (may reveal several types of structural injuries, that are hidden when patient are lying down, without flexion, as with regular MRI scans)
Better Imaging with Pioneering Scans
WHIPCON aim to engage world leaders in scanning in new clinical studies:
Promising scans that enable doctors to reveal mild traumatic brain and neck injury are:
- DMX (digital motion X-ray) scans the spine in motion to detect dislocations or fixed joints of the spine.
- Upright functional MRI scan: for spinal injury, brain stem injury, structural brain injury, and flow to the brain (CBF, fCSF).
- Functional MRI can also give an imaging-based relationship between whiplash injury and temporomandibular disorders (jaw problems).
- Functional SPECT scans, under concentration/rest spot mild traumatic brain injury, abnormal brain function. Pioneering neuroscientist use it also in imaging PTSD, depression, ADD and ADHD.
In the photo below is a DMX scan: Malplacement (listese) of the atlas joint (left) after a whiplash injury. This photo could not have be taken without moving head in outer position, shooting through an open mouth until the Atlas listese shows.