In recent years, both the United States and countries around the world have been waking up to the dangers and the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries. As we learn more about the brain and how it is injured, we are also finding out that a shocking number of people may be living with the effects of brain trauma without even realizing it. Since that problem has been recognized, different types of professionals have been working diligently to come up with new ideas that will help to both diagnose and treat this difficult injury.
There have been several new inventions and techniques that have come about recently that have helped medical professionals diagnose traumatic brain injuries, but one of the problems facing the world overall is that approximately 60 percent of the world's population does not have access to brain scan imaging technology that can pinpoint the location and the severity of the traumatic brain injury. This problem is one that researchers in Mexico have been working on with the help of engineers from Berkeley.
Those researchers have recently completed a trial that could provide many people in the world who do not have access to brain scan imaging with the opportunity to find out if they are suffering from the effects of a traumatic brain injury. Specifically, engineers from UC Berkeley’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have been working with scientists from the National Polytechnic Institute’s Superior School of Medicine in Mexico.
This team of researchers has recently tested wireless technology that is similar to what is found in radio and mobile phone signals to determine if people are suffering from trauma to the brain. Those tests proved to be very successful, and these wireless signals are able to determine if someone is suffering from bleeding on the brain or from other forms of brain damage. The push has already begun to test this technology on a larger scale.
While this technology has shown the ability to determine whether or not someone has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is not able to determine the location or the extent of that injury. However, this tool could at least provide people with an answer as to whether or not additional testing would be needed, and if so efforts could be made to get those patients to a location where medical imaging can be done and a more specific diagnosis can be made.
Obviously, people cannot deal with a medical problem unless they know that one is present. Hopefully this relatively inexpensive technology will alert more people to trouble. We have been helping people as traumatic brain injury lawyers for many years, and we have seen too many times the negative consequences of not knowing what is wrong until damage that perhaps could have been corrected became permanent. If you or someone you love has suffered this type of harm, contact the Scarlett Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.