, Volume 46, Issue 7, pp 550–558 | Cite as

Abnormalities on magnetic resonance imaging seen acutely following mild traumatic brain injury: correlation with neuropsychological tests and delayed recovery

  • David G. HughesEmail author
  • Alan Jackson
  • Damon L. Mason
  • Elizabeth Berry
  • Sally Hollis
  • David W. Yates
Diagnostic Neuroradiology


Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) is a common reason for hospital attendance and is associated with significant delayed morbidity. We studied a series of 80 persons with MTBI. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuropsychological testing were used in the acute phase and a questionnaire for post-concussion syndrome (PCS) and return to work status at 6 months. In 26 subjects abnormalities were seen on MRI, of which 5 were definitely traumatic. There was weak correlation with abnormal neuropsychological tests for attention in the acute period. There was no significant correlation with a questionnaire for PCS and return to work status. Although non-specific abnormalities are frequently seen, standard MRI techniques are not helpful in identifying patients with MTBI who are likely to have delayed recovery.


Magnetic resonance imaging Mild traumatic brain injury Neuropsychology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David G. Hughes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alan Jackson
    • 1
  • Damon L. Mason
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Berry
    • 2
  • Sally Hollis
    • 3
  • David W. Yates
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of NeuroradiologyHope HospitalSalfordUK
  2. 2.Department of Behavioural MedicineHope HospitalSalfordUK
  3. 3.Medical Statistics UnitLancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  4. 4.Department of Emergency MedicineHope HospitalSalfordUK

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