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Facts about the new FDA approved 'concussion' blood test from Mark Halstead, MD
The new FDA-approved 'concussion' blood test "is not really intended to diagnose an actual concussion," says Mark Halstead, MD, sports medicine specialist and nationally-renowned concussion expert.
Here are five facts from Dr. Halstead about the 'concussion' blood test that you need to know:
1. Only approved for adults
2. Does NOT diagnose or rule out a concussion
3. May help a doctor decide whether or not a CT scan is needed
4. Intended to look for brain bleeds
5. CT scans don't diagnose concussion
He further discusses the blood test in a new video for the American Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM); watch the full video on the AMSSM's Facebook page.