This brain-scanning headset knows when you have a concussion

Chris Weller

Super Bowl 50 is here, which means athletes will be trying harder than ever to deliver big hits.

A new medical device designed to identify traumatic brain injury (TBI) might not be far behind.

BrainScope is a one-two punch headset and mobile app that quickly and easily allows clinicians to determine whether patients have sustained a TBI.

It follows a growing body of research that tries to understand what head injuries look like and, more importantly, what clinicians can do about them so people stay safe.

Michael Singer, BrainScope's CEO, says many of the current techniques for evaluating someone's level of injury are flawed because they rely solely on symptoms.

If someone sustains a nasty hit, for example, they may complain about head pain — or they might not.

In the NFL, athletes are only required to take a baseline exam at the beginning of the season, called the ImPACT test. If they suffer a head injury, they take the test again to check for any fall off in their score. But even this standardized test has been found to yield false positives.

BrainScope cuts through that unreliable self-reported data to ...


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