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New device may help with diagnosis of traumatic brain injury

People often don’t imagine that they will end up with traumatic brain injuries. However, getting a traumatic brain injury is possible for anyone who plays sports or who rides in a car that could become involved in a collision in West Virginia. Fortunately, one new device is expected to help with diagnosing and measuring this type of injury non-surgically.

The medical device has been in development for a decade and may help to save thousands of people from dying. It may be used on football fields, on battlegrounds and in ambulance and hospital settings. The device may arrive on the market in the next year and a half.

The portable ultrasound instrument will be able to measure intracranial pressure in brain injuries, targeting brain tissue that is stimulated by particular ultrasound signals. All data collected from use of the instrument is then interpreted using mathematical algorithms. Scientists can use the data to determine the brain tissue’s physiological state in a person, thus confirming whether an injury to the brain has happened.

The instrument will be able to be used at an accident scene where a traumatic brain injury could have taken place. Earlier diagnoses of elevated intracranial pressure can help patients who face the possibility of incurring fatal or chronically debilitating brain damage. Individuals with brain injuries can unfortunately suffer a wide range of effects, from behavioral issues to cognitive problems. Suffering a brain injury as a result of another person’s negligence in West Virginia is therefore grounds for a personal injury lawsuit in our state. A victorious outcome may result in financial restitution that can help the victim to pay for treatments related to his or her injuries.

Source:, "Device detects brain injury without surgery", Bill Cary, July 29, 2014

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