Heightened Concussion Awareness Calls For New Detection Tools
This article was originally published in Start Up
Medical device start-ups are surging into new territory in mild traumatic brain injury or concussion detection, which has heretofore lacked objective diagnostics and monitoring tools. Profiles of Cerora, MC10, Oculogica, and Sway Medical.
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The workshop will evaluate potential diagnostics, development strategies and datasets for traumatic brain injury. Multiple firms are working to bring different technologies for concussion detection to market.
BrainScope received 510(k) clearance in May for Ahead 200, a second-generation, handheld, noninvasive device for the adjunctive assessment of traumatic brain injury in adults over 18 years of age. With an estimated 60 million cases of TBI annually worldwide, the company is initially focusing on military and sports applications, but is also looking at emerging markets such as India and China, where there are fewer CT scanners and the rate of head injury is substantially higher than in the US.
The U.S Department of Defense announced a collaboration Abbott to develop portable blood tests to help evaluate potential concussions that will run on for Abbott's i-STAT point-of-care testing system.