Navigation Links
New device for rapid, mobile detection of brain injury
Date:12/20/2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- When accidents that involve traumatic brain injuries occur, a speedy diagnosis followed by the proper treatment can mean the difference between life and death. A research team, led by Jason D. Riley in the Section on Analytical and Functional Biophotonics at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has created a handheld device capable of quickly detecting brain injuries such as hematomas, which occur when blood vessels become damaged and blood seeps out into surrounding tissues where it can cause significant and dangerous swelling.

A paper describing the team's proof-of-concept prototype for the hematoma detection device appears in the Optical Society's (OSA (http://www.osa.org)) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express (http://www.opticsinfobase.org/boe). The device is based on the concept of using instrumental motion as a signal in near-infrared imaging, according to the researchers, rather than treating it as noise. It relies on a simplified single-source configuration with a dual separation detector array and uses motion as a signal for detecting changes in blood volume in the tough, outermost membrane enveloping the brain and spinal cord (see video (http://www.osa.org/About_Osa/Newsroom/News_Releases/Releases/12.2011/Monthly-Tip-Sheet-December-2011.aspx)).

One of the primary applications for the finished device will be the rapid screening of traumatic brain injury patients before using more expensive and busy CT and MRI imaging techniques. In cases where CT and MRI imaging facilities aren't available, such as battlefields or on the scene of accidents, the team believes near-infrared imaging will help to determine the urgency of patient transport and treatment, as well as provide a means of monitoring known hematomas at the bedside or outpatient clinic.


'/>"/>
Contact: Angela Stark
astark@osa.org
202-416-1443
Optical Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. FDA Seeks to Get More Women Into Trials of Medical Devices
2. New device uses gold nanoparticles to test for lung cancer
3. Shock Fear May Curb Sex for People With Heart Devices
4. Prototype hand-held drug testing device launched
5. Human development experts recommend tuning in to family, not devices
6. Researchers transform iPhone into high-quality medical imaging device
7. Vacuum-like device makes cellular exploration easier
8. New hybrid imaging device shows promise in spotting hard-to-detect ovarian cancer
9. Costs, mortality skyrocket following infection in cardiac device recipients
10. Heart Devices Like Pacemakers Linked to Infections
11. Combination therapy rids common infection from implanted medical devices
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Joshua Rosenthal, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer ... use newly released government data on populations and physicians to better calculate risk ... the value they create to succeed in new economic models for value based ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... The schedule is now online for ... 2016 Conference, which is being held May 25-29 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, ... interventions and causes of chronic illness in children. , Very recent articles have cited ...
(Date:2/7/2016)... Lake Orion, Clarkston, Metamora, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... ... ... ability to correct pelvic organ prolapse with the latest techniques and the most ... greatest risk for pelvic organ prolapse, particularly after menopause. Other risk factors include ...
(Date:2/7/2016)... ... February 07, 2016 , ... HealthSmart Holdings, Inc. ... organizations with the tools and information to lower the costs, and increase the ... cost of providing employee healthcare benefits by as much as 22%:, + ...
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... February 06, 2016 , ... ... NURSES EXPECTED AT AORN SURGICAL CONFERENCE & EXPO , WHAT:     , This ... an estimated 5000 perioperative nurses in attendance to study the latest evidence-based ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016 Worldwide Radiology ... significant growth as next generation systems provide a ... radiology for cancer surgery. New systems pinpoint the ... that has been such a problem previously, limiting ... Radiosurgery robots take cancer surgery far beyond what ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 4, 2016 ... Summary Global Markets Direct,s, ,Wegener Polyangiitis - ... the Wegener Polyangiitis,s therapeutic pipeline. This report ... Wegener Polyangiitis, complete with comparative analysis at various ... action (MoA), route of administration (RoA) and molecule ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016 Global ... competitive market to drive long-term market growth ... common set of chronic disorders that affect 5–7% ... in terms of their symptoms and key patient ... dysregulation of immune pathways and an inappropriate immune ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: