November 5th, 2012|
November 6, 2012
When a baby is born with a birth injury, the most common question is “What happened?”
Many times this question can’t be answered. According to birthinjury.org, the main reason you may never learn what caused the brain damage is that no one wants to spend the time, energy, or resources to find out what really happened.
If you want to find out what happened to your baby, the solution may be to insist on answers. A very large number of these cases are preventable. If your baby really is at a genetic risk of harm—you need to know.
Whether a brain injury occurred can be readily determined by a competent neuroradiologist. A neuroradiologist is a physician who has trained in general radiology and then has done several more years of training relating to studies of the brain and spinal cord.
Neuroradiologists have training in using neuroimaging studies to time brain injuries. They will often look at the pattern of the brain injury and how it changed over time to determine when and how the injury occurred.
The print out of the fetal strips can tell them a lot. These strips are labor and delivery records and will frequently provide critical information about what may have caused the injury.