Brainscope device for on-field Diagnosis of MTBI
BrainScope is a new EEG device designed to detect concussions in athletes on the field. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. BrainScope consists of a headband with 8 electrodes placed over the forehead and temples. The device sends EEG data to a handheld computer for processing. The mini-computer lets a physician know if the athlete’s EEGs are within normal parameters. A study in 2010 showed the device can detect EEG abnormalities consistent with concussion. Starting in the summer of 2011 Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian with the University of Rochester Medical Center will be testing BrainScope to see if it can be used to discern which players may have a brain bleed and need to get a head CT scan.