Studies have shown up to 33 percent of our nation’s armed forces returning from service overseas have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the line of duty. Research also indicates the sooner a TBI is treated, the faster the victim can fully recover. Our Roanoke brain injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm say that’s why a new piece of technology is proving to be crucial on the front lines of combat.
Armed With Science reports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an application that runs on Android devices that can be used to detect and measure brain activity. This is done by placing a headset with disposable sensors on the head of a person and connecting the device with the running application. The results, which are gathered in roughly 15 minutes, are then analyzed using an algorithm to determine if an injured soldier requires further care and testing away from the battlefield.
This new form of testing can give field medics more concrete data that can be used to diagnose an injured soldier, rather than simply depending on identifying potential symptoms of a TBI, which is how these injuries are traditionally diagnosed.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we are aware of the significant impact this technology could have in the treatment of TBIs and our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are hopeful to see its uses expand into other activities and jobs where the risk of TBI is high, such as professional sports.