March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. During this national campaign our North Carolina injury attorneys help educate friends, family, and clients on new brain injury treatments and advances in technology that help assess and detect concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs).
Instead of brain scans and a review of concussion symptoms to help diagnose a concussion--which can take time to produce and delay appropriate treatment--a device has been developed that monitors eye-tracking to determine whether an individual has a concussion. Not only this an innovative tool, it's a fast one too. The scans take only 10 seconds. The device is Eye Guide, a portable eye-tracking test system.
In addition to being fast and mobile, the tool can also work remotely. If an athlete is injured during a game and a medical professional is not nearby, the tool can help connect the sports player with a remote physician. Unlike traditional camera technology, the Eye Guide captures photographs of the injured person's eyes at a rate of 60 frames per second. The results help medical professionals detect concussive activity.
It remains to be seen, but this new technology could help promote appropriate and timely treatment, minimizing the long-term risks associated with untreated brain injuries.
On a separate note on tech advances for brain injury treatments: Two professors at UNC-Greensboro just created an online tool to help concussion victims and spread awareness. Have you heard of any new brain injury treatments? Let our injury attorneys know. Tag our lawyers on Twitter @brentadamslaw or on Facebook.