Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Brain Scope

PostedJuly 3, 2016

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Anchor Lede: Sideline tests for a concussion – eyes following a finger, for example – can be more art than science. But a new Bethesda company is developing a test that may be more definitive. 

Randy Atkins: To check for concussion, you’re asked to rate severity of feelings like headache, confusion, and being in a “fog.” Leslie Prichep, chief scientific officer at BrainScope, says those can be tough judgement calls and there’s…

Leslie Prichep: …the need for something objective to help in making the clinical decisions that are so important at the time a head injury occurs.

Randy Atkins: Like do you go back on the field? BrainScope has engineered a device that can be quickly attached to your forehead with adhesive. It records electrical activity in your brain and sends it to a handheld cell phone with a special app to process the signals.

Leslie Prichep: The exam takes 10-minutes and in real time gives you back a determination as to whether or not there appears to be a structural injury…

Randy Atkins: …by comparing your readings to a large set of normal brain waves. Prichep says its accuracy percentage for detecting severe concussion is in the high nineties. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.

 Anchor Tag: The test is already being used in some clinics, but it is not yet for sale.