Diagnostic imaging tests are useful for taking a closer look at areas of concerns and providing doctors with an inside view of the body’s internal structures. Our radiologists primarily use MRI’s to help our patients with their areas of concerns, while researchers can utilize the same technology to learn more about the brain. Brain MRI’s have played an important role in learning more about the effect domestic violence has on the brain.
MRI’s and Domestic Violence
MRI’s are useful for showing how traumatic events can change the anatomy of the brain. Magnetic Resonance Imaging can examine the brain’s anatomy and discover how the brain reacts. Studies have shown that those who suffer from domestic violence have brains that greatly vary from the norm. MRI’s uniquely can find abnormalities that other imaging devices cannot.
Even if domestic violence injuries are temporarily visual, these attacks can result in permanent brain damage. MRI’s reveal that one abusive attack can results in long term brain abnormalities which can lead to side effects like headaches and confusion. With 50% of domestic violence victims strangled at some point in the relationship, victims who were strangled show permanent brain damage from oxygen loss.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries which are often inflicted during abusive episodes can lead to brain damages similar to concussions. Since most victims of domestic violence are often exposed numerous times, injury to the brain can worsen overtime.
With one in four women experiencing domestic violence, this crime is committed to thousands every year. If you are concerned that a loved one may be experiencing domestic violence, look out for warning signs and ways you can help. If you’re ensure of the steps to take to help a loved one that is being abused, here’s a helpful resource. If you are in a abusive relationship, get help IMMEDIATELY by calling 608-251-4445 or 1-800-747-4045.
Our Clovis Open MRI team is here for you and help you learned more about the long term effects of domestic violence for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.