DoD Seeks Battlefield-Ready Device to Diagnose Brain Injury

Brain damage has become quite common in modern warfare due…

Brain damage has become quite common in modern warfare due to the presence of roadside bombs.  In fact, a RAND study released mid-April reported that 320,000 U.S. troops may have suffered from brain injuries while fighting overseas.  What’s worse, less than half of these troops say they never received medical evaluation for their injuries.

Due to the increased worry of soldiers’ overall brain health, the DoD is giving the Brain Trauma Foundation $4.6M over four years in hopes that they can come up with a rugged device that will evaluate a soldier’s brain function in seconds.

When the battle-field ready version is finished, it will most likely include goggles or a visor attached to a PDA. But the heart of the device will be a tiny, high-resolution camera- and its accompanying software- that will measure a soldier’s ability to track a red dot traveling in a small circle. For more details on this, click here and return back to comment.

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