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FDA gives green light for device that detects bleeding in skull

A new device has been approved for marketing by the Food and Drug Administration that is said to be able to detect potentially fatal bleeding in the skull. The hand-held device, known as the Infrascanner Model 1000, is believed to help identify bleeding in the brain after someone suffers a traumatic brain injury. Bleeding in the brain or skull can go unnoticed and can be fatal if left untreated.

Each year, millions of Americans suffer brain injuries that can be worse than initially meets the eye. The new device uses near infrared light to detect blood near the skull and tissue surrounding the brain, and can detect abnormalities or other issues. The data gathered by the device can be transmitted wirelessly to a hand-held computer.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the device was approved for marketing after it was shown that the device detected as many as 75 percent of hematomas as a CT scanner would. Though the CT scan is still a vital part of dealing with brain injuries, it is thought that this device can help to detect bleeding in the brain quickly and effectively.

The scanner can be used on those who have suffered blows to the head or other possible head injuries to see if they need further evaluation or testing, such as a CT scan, to rule out bleeding or other potentially fatal injuries.

It is hoped the new technology can make brain injury diagnoses quicker, which could lead to faster and more effective treatment.

If you have been in a traumatic situation that resulted in a brain injury in Orlando and need an experienced lawyer, contact Oldham and Smith Attorneys at Law today.

Source: Sacramento Bee, “FDA permits marketing of the first hand-held device to aid in the detection of bleeding in the skull,” Dec. 13, 2011

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