How is a hematoma diagnosed?
Hematomas of the skin and soft tissues, such as muscle and joints, are often diagnosed by physical examination alone.
For patients exhibiting signs of internal bleeding, the health care practitioner will decide what imaging modality is best to evaluate the situation. Plain X-rays may be needed to assess for bone fracture. Patients with significant head injury often require CT scanning. Ultrasound is the testing modality of choice for pregnant patients.