Portable head scanner for trauma/ER
This article was originally published in Start Up
InfraScan Inc. has developed a handheld device for detecting bleeding in the brain in head trauma patients. Such trauma typically causes blood from ruptured vessels to pool in the skull cavity. The trapped blood compresses the brain and increases intracranial pressure, which leads to brain damage. However by beaming near-infrared light at the brain and then analyzing the light reflected back at the device, the Infrascanner reveals the presence or non-presence of an intracranial hematoma, for triage or follow-up diagnostics.
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