University of Calgary researchers have developed a new way to assess issues surrounding concussions.
U of C scientist Jeff Dunn unveiled the new technology Wednesday, using a head cap that uses light-sensors. The cap can monitor and measures brain activity by sending imaging to a computer screen.
The technique helps map oxygen levels in the brain, which can help narrow down potential concussion issues in patients. As it stands most people use M.R.I’s to map out potential concussions, which Dunn claims is an inaccurate diagnostic tool.
“Right now there is no technique to image concussions,” Dunn says. “Don’t go to the Alberta Children’s Hospital or Foothills and expect an M.R.I technique to diagnose a concussion.”
Dunn hopes to see the technology being used in hospitals, right now the head-cap technique is still being tested out.