New Technology to Detect Concussions on the Spot

Posted by Nick Vidal

January 27, 2011

New Technology to Detect Concussions on the Spot 

Researchers at University of North Carolina Greensboro have started developing a device which will detect if an individual has had a concussion. The team of scientists has projected having a working prototype by the end of this year at a cost of $5 million to $10 million.
 

The hand held device could readily be used to detect if a soldier in combat, an athlete in a contact sport or an everyday person who has received a traumatic blow to the head has a concussion or mild brain injury.  The device will work along the lines of a blood glucose monitor by using a blood sample to identify if an injury has occurred based on biological markers produced by chemical changes in the brain. 

The call for the tool is apparent when football players incur a hard blow to the head during games and  the team physician must  decide whether it is prudent or safe to send the player back into the game. 

A tragic example occurred nearly two years ago with the death of actress Natasha Richardson. She fell while learning to ski and injured her head. At first she felt fine and refused medical attention. Natasha died two days later from bleeding inside the skull caused by the blow to her brain. 

Many people who have a mild brain injury feel light headed and bewildered or lose their sense of balance for a little while others will experience a mild concussion and have considerable lifelong issues. 

Clinical trials will be conducted once the prototype is completed. 

For more information on concussions click here and read excerts of Concussion Education.

3 responses to “New Technology to Detect Concussions on the Spot”

  1. David Smith says:

    Hello Great article – Technology and Concussions, I usally don’t bother to placing comments about articales however discovered this kind of articale to be very usefull.

  2. Audrey says:

    Hey! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

  3. Natasha Richardson was one of my favorite actresses and I’m saddened by her passing. I’ll probably pull out Nell this weekend and watch her and Liam in one of my favorite movies.

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