Diagnosing a traumatic brain injury in the future could be as simple as using a handheld tool to administer a simple blood test. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have announced that they are currently developing a brain injury diagnostic tool that can be used to diagnose injuries on the spot using a handheld device.
The device can be used to administer a blood test to a person who has suffered a brain injury. The test will determine the presence of a specific protein that is released into the blood stream of the victim soon after a brain injury. The test will determine the existence of the protein as well as assess the quantities of the protein, in order to determine the severity of the injury.
Many cases of brain injury have less than promising outcomes, because of delayed treatment for these patients. There is no complete cure for brain injuries, and there are no medications that can completely restore the function of the brain to the levels before the injury. Doctors can attempt to reduce the severity of the brain injury, by beginning treatment immediately. For this, it's important that diagnosis be completed as quickly as possible.