A revolutionary new product called Brainscope may soon be able to detect traumatic brain injuries in the field, allowing for quicker detection, and, ideally, better treatment.
The device is a handheld, non-invasive tool that uses electrodes to monitor brain activity and detect traumatic brain injuries (TBI). According to reports, the machine detects 96 percent of hematomas (brain bleeding) regardless of the injury’s severity or electrode placement.
Brainscope made a formal announcement on August 26, after a peer-reviewed study by the New York University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine confirmed the results. Their report also found that the device had clinical potential.
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A report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that three quarters of TBIs are relatively mild and may go undetected while secondary swelling and bleeding in the brain do further damage. Victims have the best chance of avoiding long-term damage if they receive treatment early.
If the Brainscope is successful, paramedics and first responders could test for brain injuries in the field, rather than waiting hours at the hospital for a diagnosis. Soldiers or athletes could also be tested more quickly, reducing the chances of players missing or overlooking a brain injury.
The device was funded largely by impact investing, where wealthy donors invest in worthy causes that also turn a profit. This method is part of a new generation of investors, who want to invest in products that have a positive impact on society.
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