Mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which are more commonly referred to as concussions, can cause long-term effects to an injury victim’s behavior and cognitive ability if not properly treated. To prevent the complications that can arise from a mild TBI, early detection is essential. A concussion that is detected in a timely manner can be addressed quickly, and the effects can be minimized.
Unfortunately, current concussion testing methods do not always achieve the crucial goal of early detection. The process of identifying a concussion often begins by evaluating the apparent symptoms and any changes in brain function — but the signs of a mild TBI do not always appear right away. In some cases, it can take days or weeks for symptoms of a concussion to appear following the initial injury. This leaves many patients untreated for a significant period of time, and can contribute to a greater negative impact.
A new type of concussion testing aims to reduce the number of undetected concussions by using a device that can accurately identify a mild TBI much sooner than traditional methods. Instead of relying on a physical examination or digital imaging, the device analyzes the blood of patients to test for signs of a concussion.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) entered the new concussion test into the Breakthrough Devices Program, “which fast-tracks the development, testing and approval of new devices that have the potential to change medical care for life-threatening or debilitating conditions,” says ABC News.
A traumatic brain injury can cause detrimental effects to brain functionality if left untreated. Even a mild concussion can contribute to long-term effects on the brain if it is not promptly addressed. The use of a blood test that can accurately detect a concussion quickly following an injury will lead to more rapid treatment, and therefore, a minimization of long-term effects.
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