New Ultrasound May Help Medics Detect Brain Bleeds and Diagnose Brain Injury

Posted on June 24, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Head trauma is one of the leading causes of disability among servicemembers and veterans. Even a minor brain injury can lead to serious cognitive disabilities if left untreated for too long. Swift diagnosis and treatment are essential to helping soldiers recover from these injuries, but battlefield medics are rarely equipped to diagnose such conditions.

A new ultrasound technique developed by doctors at the University of Aberdeen allows field medics to create a 3-D model of a soldier’s brain. The field medics send this model remotely to doctors who send back a diagnosis and treatment protocol. The new technique presents a portable and simple alternative to CT or MRI machines, which are too large to have in the field.

The simplicity of the technique allows medics with only basic ultrasound training to perform the assessment. A movement sensor attached to the ultrasound probe is used to perform the scan. This sensor scans the brain from the points on the skull where the bone is the thinnest. The software uses the images (about 2,000 of them), captured at a rate of 40 per second, to construct a 3-D image of the brain.

This non-invasive and quick scan method may help field medics provide faster diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries. With this faster response, soldiers suffering from head trauma may avoid some of the long-term complications of concussions such as depression, memory loss, and other mental health disorders.

Brain Injury May Qualify You for Veterans Disability Benefits

If you suffered a head injury while on active duty, you might be able to claim any residual disabilities on your service-connected injury. To find out more about veterans’ disability benefits and to learn about your rights to apply, contact the Disability Help Group. Fill out our contact form or call us at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates!