A portable device to detect traumatic brain injury and concussions?
Can a portable diagnostic device be developed to quickly determine a traumatic brain injury? According to researchers in Singapore at Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), such a device is being developed to diagnose concussions and forms of brain trauma.
The researchers are working to produce a device that is fully-integrated and has automated biosensors. All it will take is a drop of blood to detect up to three biomarkers released by the brain after sustaining brain damage.
These biomarker readings will be displayed on an easy-to-read screen. An indicator will alert the caregivers on the severity of the injury and enable them to prevent the condition from worsening. Since the device is portable, it can be used on sports fields and at accident scenes to determine whether further evaluation or care is required.
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