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Friday, August 26, 2011
From ABC News:
Currently, there’s no foolproof way to ‘see’ damage from a concussion. To give doctors a head’s up, researchers are testing a headband device that works like a scaled-down brainwave reader, and may pinpoint patients who have sustained a concussion.
It’s important for an athlete who has had a concussion to temporarily refrain from playing sports or other activities that could lead to another head injury. Research shows that the effects of successive or multiple head injuries can be cumulative and cause potentially serious, permanent brain damage.Coaches and trainers should know how to spot signs of a concussion in an athlete and, if necessary, send the player for an evaluation and medical clearance before allowing him/her to return to play. However, Jeffrey Bazarian, M.D., M.P.H., Emergency Physician with the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY, says it’s often difficult to determine the extent of brain injury because some patients appear to be fine, but still have impaired function.
Bazarian is undertaking a study to test a concussion-detecting device from a company called, BrainScope™. The BrainScope device uses EEG technology to study brain waves of patients suspected of having a concussion. A headband with eight electrodes is placed over the forehead and temples. The electrodes detect and record brain wave activity and send the information to a handheld computer device. The computer analyzes the data and lets the physician know if the brain wave activity is within normal parameters. Bazarian says the auto-evaluation is important because emergency room physicians are not trained to read the results of an EEG and finding a neurologist to translate the readings takes extra time
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