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This Md. firm’s scanner aims to make brain injury assessment simpler

The Ahead 300 aims to help clinicians provide a rapid, objective assessment of mild head injury, including concussion. (Business Wire photo)

The Ahead 300 aims to help clinicians provide a rapid, objective assessment of mild head injury, including concussion. (Business Wire photo)

A medical neurotechnology company in Maryland has launched a portable device it says will help doctors more quickly assess patients with mild head injuries.

Bethesda-based Brainscope Company Inc. has released its Ahead 300 product, which uses handheld technology and a proprietary disposable sensor headset. Through EEG, signal processing, algorithms and machine learning, doctors can use the device to determine whether patients are likely to have brain injuries or concussions.

Ahead 300 includes four tests and 16 concussion assessment tools. The first two tests use EEG and the company’s methodologies to help determine both the need for a CT scan and whether the patient may have a mild traumatic brain injury. Two cognitive performance tests compare a patient’s performance to healthy people in the same age group.

The Ahead 300 provides test and assessment results in a summary report which can be shared with patients and other health care professionals.

Brainscope is launching the product to select urgent care clinics, concussion clinics, emergency medicine departments, and college and professional sports organizations, and plans to sell the product to various branches of the U.S. military and government.

The Ahead 300has the potential to significantly reduce costs and wait times associated with hospital visits and unneeded CT scans, and was developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense through six research contracts, and with over 20 clinical studies at 55 sites and 16 peer-reviewed publications, Brainscope said in a statement.

 


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