New device detects traumatic brain injury ‘on the spot’

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

A method for detecting traumatic brain injury ‘on the spot’ (i.e., at the point of care) has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham (UK). To do this, the team examined chemical biomarkers that are released by the brain immediately after a head injury occurs. Within their study, which has been published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, the team assessed 48 patients using a device that they engineered. A total of 139 samples were taken from individuals with traumatic brain injury and 82 samples were taken from the control group. The results revealed that levels of the biomarker were...

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