Software for Sideline Imaging
Researchers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland are focused on developing software that would walk someone through conducting the brain scan on a person with a potential TBI using portable ultrasound equipment. That software would also turn the brain scan into a 3-D brain model that could be transmitted to a remote expert for rapid diagnosis and advice.
According to a university press release, the software is still in the earlier development stages but is being trialed on hospital patients.
The work is being funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory's Centre for Defence Enterprise and it applications seem focused on military use, but it's not much of a leap to envision such software in use on the sidelines of a football field. Faster detection and treatment could have a meaningful impact on long-term clinical outcomes.
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