Online photographs of traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are available at WebMD and the United States National Institutes of Health. TBIs refer to violent blows to the head that impact normal brain functioning, notes WebMD.
A slideshow at WebMD displays images of the brain following a concussion. This is considered to be a mild form of TBI, although in more severe cases, may result in permanent brain damage or even death. The images show how a forceful blow to one side of the head can cause damage to both cerebral hemispheres. Patients who suffer from mild concussions typically recover within a short period of time.
WebMD also includes an image of a fractured skull. Sharp bone fragments may penetrate the brain and cause tissue damage and bleeding in the brain, which is also illustrated in the slideshow. Pooled blood in the brain may form into a hematoma, which can exert pressure on the organ and cut off circulation. Patients who sustained head injuries and experience symptoms of a hematoma are advised to seek immediate medical intervention.
In the United States, TBIs account for over 50,000 annual fatality cases and 70,000 patients with lasting neurological defects from the 1.6 million head injuries that occur on a yearly basis, states the NIH. Among these head injuries, the NIH features various images of common TBIs, including a magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, scan of a large frontal intraparenchymal hemorrhage, a sizable hematoma in the cerebral convexity, an encephalomalacia in the left temporal lobe and a lengthwise fracture of the right petrous bone.