Researchers have discovered that an innovative eye-tracking technology can be used to detect the presence of concussions in patients who have suffered head trauma. The device detects abnormal eye movements and can quantify the severity of a head injury when patients seek medical care in an emergency department after receiving a blow to the head. It has been shown that approximately 90 percent of patients who have endured significant hits to their heads will present with abnormal ocular movements.
Patients who have experienced head trauma are often subjected to CT scans and MRIs that are effective tools for diagnosing intracranial bleeds and brain swelling but are not accurate devices for measuring concussions. Traditionally, concussions have been diagnosed by evaluating subjective reporting from the patient and assessing their symptoms. The severity of a concussion can often be difficult to determine.
Traumatic brain injuries are very common, and the new eye-tracking device allows physicians to diagnose concussions and their severity quickly and accurately. According to an online report, the tool will be able to detect abnormal eye function in patients who are non-verbal or unable to communicate, and the new technology allows medical practitioners to conduct follow-up examinations with the device and track the brain’s healing process.
Many individuals experience traumatic brain injuries after being involved in a car accident, during contact sports and from other accidents. If patients are injured because of the negligence of other drivers or responsible parties and suffer head trauma, they may be able to receive compensation for their losses by filing a liability suit with a personal injury lawyer.