Navigation Links
Nonsurgical Method to Measure Brain Pressure Shows Promise
Date:4/11/2012

WEDNESDAY, April 11 (HealthDay News) -- A new nonsurgical method for monitoring brain pressure might help improve treatment of head injury patients, according to a new study.

Head injuries, including concussions, and brain tumors can lead to increased pressure inside the skull, which can crush brain tissue or cut off the brain's blood supply.

Monitoring brain pressure can help doctors determine the best treatment for these patients. However, this requires drilling a hole in the skull so it is done only in the most serious cases. Risks include infection or damage to the brain, study co-author George Verghese, a distinguished professor of electrical engineering at MIT, said in an institute news release.

This new method is much less invasive and may enable doctors to measure brain pressure in patients who have milder head injuries, but would benefit from close monitoring, the MIT researchers said.

"It's still at the validation stage. To convince people that this works, you need to build up more [data] than we currently have," Verghese said.

They developed a technique based on a computer model of how blood flows through the brain. The researchers found that they can calculate brain pressure from two less-invasive measurements: arterial blood pressure and an ultrasound measurement of how quickly blood flows through the brain.

This approach enables changes in brain pressure to be monitored over time so that doctors can detect problems that might develop gradually, the researchers said.

They describe the technique in the April 11 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine.

"It's a holy grail of clinical neurosurgery to find a noninvasive way to measure (brain) pressure," James Holsapple, chief of neurosurgery at Boston Medical Center, said in the news release. "It would be a big step if we could get our hands on something reliable."

He said the MIT technique shows promise and added that the next major step is to incorporate the technology into a system that's easy for hospital staff to use and that can record data over many hours or days.

More information

The Brain Injury Association of America has more about brain injury treatment.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: MIT, news release, April 11, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Outcome of nonsurgical hepatic decompression in Budd-Chiari
2. Lung cancers detected by CT screening grow as fast as those found with traditional methods
3. 1 more player on the pitch thanks to a new training method
4. Natural method for clearing cellular debris provides new targets for lupus treatment
5. Wayne State research reveals improved method for paramedics to stop prolonged seizures
6. New method makes it easier to treat prostate and pancreatic cancer
7. Study finds pregnant women with prior cesarean choose the delivery method preferred by their doctor
8. New Scoring Method May Help Predict Stroke Outcome
9. A new screening method for prostate cancer
10. Researchers discover method to unravel malarias genetic secrets
11. Experts urge BMI method for calculating weight in kids with eating disorders
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Nonsurgical Method to Measure Brain Pressure Shows Promise
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Rosica ... in thought leadership , media relations, social media, content marketing and SEO, ... be powered through Act-On, an intuitive marketing automation platform. , Rosica will now ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... On February 22, 2017 the U.S. ... to withdraw previous guidance issued by the Obama Administration requiring schools to treat ... 2016 by the Obama Administration came in response to a growing number of ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , ... February 23, 2017 , ... The American Cleft ... ACPA’s 74th Annual Meeting. KLS is a longtime supporter of the event. , ... exhibitor and Platinum Sponsor," said Dr. Bob Havlik, 2017 ACPA President. "KLS Martin has ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... EBSCO Information Services ... Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) framework. The agreement allows purchasers ... (NHS) to search, order and purchase medical and healthcare-related content through GOBI ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... , ... ERT, a global data and technology company that ... leading clinical development service provider, has selected ERT’s Trial Oversight suite as its ... to an array of circumstances including the use of multiple data capture modalities ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... DUBLIN , Feb 24, 2017 Research ... Drugs Price Analysis and Strategies - 2016" report to their ... The ... provides drug pricing data and benchmarks in the global Urinary Incontinence ... What are the key drugs marketed for Urinary Incontinence ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... -- Cogentix Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: CGNT), a medical device company ... the urology market, will release financial results for the ... before the market open on Thursday, March 9, 2017. ... call and webcast to discuss its financial results the ... a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central Time). Darin ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... 23, 2017 Research and Markets has announced ... Strategies - 2016" report to their offering. ... The latest research Oesophageal Cancer ... and benchmarks in the global Oesophageal Cancer market. The ... are the key drugs marketed for Oesophageal Cancer and their clinical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: