Tools and tests to diagnose brain injuries have come a long way in the last 10 years. But for many people, the only way they can find out if something is wrong internally is to schedule a costly CT scan or MRI (and these tests aren't always accurate).
Some facilities around Metro Atlanta, including Grady Memorial and Pain Atlanta in Stone Mountain, have equipped their physicians with the latest in brain injury scanner technology: BrainScope One.
Traumatic brain injuries are often completely internal. Many people may not realize something is wrong with them neurologically until days or weeks later.
Even if you know you have a head injury and go to the emergency room or local clinic, wait times can last for hours, especially if others are waiting who look more hurt than you. Scheduling a CT scan can take time as well.
BrainScope saves time.
Emergency rooms are starting to use BrainScope to quickly diagnose brain injuries. The medical device aids physicians in determining mild head trauma and brain bleed in just a few minutes.
Using its revolutionary brain injury assessment technology, BrainScope can scan your head using safe, non-invasive techniques.
The scanner uses advanced algorithms and machine learning to process information. It is sensitive enough to detect structural brain injuries that can be seen on a CT scan.
Peer-reviewed studies have found that 91 percent of CT scans miss traumatic brain injuries due to technological limitations. They are most sensitive to internal bleeding, but many other types of brain injuries are not usually visible.
Using BrainScope reduces the need to expose patients to radiation by using refined EEG (electroencephalogram) technology.
BrainScope can detect changes in electrical activity in the brain due to concussion, hematomas, and other neural disturbances in adults ages 18 to 85 within three days of a head injury.
The device was developed with the U.S. Department of Defense to assess head trauma, is FDA cleared, and has been tested in academic emergency rooms across the country, including Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital here in Atlanta.
It takes about five minutes to apply the headset, which consists of sticky paper sensors arranged across the forehead and around the ears at specific areas. These connect to a small headset, which rests on the middle top of the head.
Once turned on, the device transmits data to the BrainScope One datapad to analyze and interpret the data. This process takes about five minutes as well.
It can detect structural and functional injuries that a CT scan cannot show, like a concussion. It is an amazing technological breakthrough to help doctors diagnose patients quickly and objectively.
Suffering a Head Injury in a Wreck or Work Accident
According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI), followed by motor vehicle crashes. If not diagnosed quickly, injured victims can suffer and take longer to heal.
Our team at Gary Martin Hays & Associates has worked on many personal injury cases involving people who have suffered concussions and other types of TBIs. We get them the help they need fast by connecting them with doctors and specialists in their area who can provide the correct diagnosis and treatment plan.
If you have been hurt in a car accident or mishap at work, don't delay in seeking medical care and legal advice, especially if the insurance company isn't being cooperative. Schedule a free, confidential consultation today.
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