Banner Urgent Care to begin using new technology to assess brain injuries

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By: Luanne Kadlub | The Greeley Tribune

Starting this summer, Banner Health Urgent Care in Greeley will be among the first in the nation to begin using BrainScope, a new device that assesses the potential severity of brain injuries and likelihood of concussions. It also can save patients from unneeded testing and trips to the emergency room.

“Introducing a technology like this to Colorado is an incredible opportunity for providers and patients alike,” Devin Minior, chief medical officer of Banner Urgent Care services, said in a news release. “Residents are highly active in the region and spend a lot of time participating in activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, etc. where there is a good chance of incurring a head injury. Using BrainScope, providers can more easily diagnose patients, get them the proper treatment and help them return to their normal lives sooner.”

The device — backed by the NFL and Department of Defense — comes in two parts: a disposable electrode headset, which the patient dons for a brief test, and a military-grade smartphone with software that helps physicians make a clinical diagnosis, according to the release. The test takes about 20 minutes and will help providers determine whether a patient needs additional treatment in an emergency room.

The test doesn’t detect concussions but provides objective data to help medical experts diagnose.

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