Tuesday, 2 November 2010

New Device Promises Enhanced Monitoring of Brain Injury

British researchers are excited about a new device that could allow enhanced monitoring of brain injury, and possibly provide clues about the reasons for a second wave of brain injury.

Approximately 1 million people in the United States, who suffer a brain injury, suffer another unexplained second round of brain injury just as they are beginning to recover. The causes of the second round of damage have, for the most part, been a mystery to researchers. Now, a new device developed at the Imperial College London, promises to provide California brain injury lawyers and researchers some more clues into these mysteries.

The device uses the micro fluidic method to measure glucose as an indicator of brain activity. In patients who have suffered a brain injury, there is a decrease in brain activity after the initial injury. This occurs because of chemical changes that spread from the site of the brain injury. These nerves can be reactivated by large amounts of glucose. The brain injury device is meant to help doctors monitor the condition of the patient by monitoring the glucose levels. Current methods to monitor these glucose levels tend to be inefficient, and this device will allow for researchers to monitor glucose levels very closely. The device allows for monitoring of brain chemistry on a second by second basis.

Clinical trials using the device have already begun. The trials are currently in a limited stage. The device is currently being tested on patients who have suffered brain injury, aneurysm and stroke.

If the clinical trials are successful, doctors treating a brain injury would be in a position to better monitor and track a patient's progress after an injury. More precise monitoring of injury could allow doctors to restrict the extent and severity of the injury, possibly preventing a second wave of damage.

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