If you've never visited the emergency room before, going to the ER after a Liberty, MO car crash can be an overwhelming experience. Emergency room physicians look for life-threatening injuries and injuries that must be treated right away. It is their job to stabilize the patient and determine a follow-up plan. In order to make sure that they don't overlook possible complications, emergency room doctors often order diagnostic tests.

Our Liberty, MO auto accident lawyers have created this guide to diagnostic tests used in the emergency room.

  • Urine sample: If you are a woman, you may be asked to take a pregnancy test before other tests are performed. Some tests involve radiation and may harm a growing fetus. Doctors may need to know if you are pregnant before prescribing certain drugs.
  • EGG or EKG: An EGG or EKG, or electrocardiogram, records the electrical activity in the heart. These tests may be ordered if an accident victim shows signs of shock or heart failure. 
  • Blood Tests: When internal organs are injured, the composition of the blood may be affected. Blood tests are used to screen for liver or kidney damage and to screen for infection. 
  • X-ray: When an X-ray is taken, electromagnetic radiation is used to make a two-dimensional image of a part of the body. After a Missouri car accident, X-rays may be used to screen for broken bones, and internal injuries.
  • CT scan: A CT scan, or computer tomography, uses x-ray radiation. However, a higher dose of the radiation is used to create a three-dimensional picture of a body part. CT scans are used to diagnose bone fractures, head injuries, internal injuries, and bleeding. 
  • MRI: A magnetic resonance image uses a combination of radio waves and strong magnets to create a picture of the internal organs. MRIs are used to find internal bleeding, organ damage, and bone damage in Missouri accident victims. 
  • Ultrasound: An ultrasound machine uses high frequency sound waves to create a 3-dimentional image of the inside of the body. Ultrasounds are used to diagnose damage to internal organs and internal bleeding. If the MO accident victim is pregnant, an ultrasound may be used to check on the health of her fetus.

Your highest priority after a Missouri auto accident should be to get well. Unfortunately, insurance companies, car repairs, and hospital bills may also demand your attention. Our Liberty, MO auto accident lawyers can deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. We may be able to get the compensation you need to deal with those car repairs, hospital bills, and other losses. To learn more, order a copy of our free book, 10 Essential Steps You Must Take to Protect Your Injury Claim, or contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.