Brain injury breakthrough: New app could SPOT symptoms of concussion after a fall


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Sense injury: App could spot signs of concussion

A new app could help name concussion or other brain injuries following a fall.

Researchers at the University of Washington acquire developed technology that could look into the pupil of an aged person’s eye – the black centre – to identify an issue..

The app, called PupilScreen, manoeuvres a smartphone’s video camera to lim for changes in the eye’s response to light.

Around one in three adults over with the age of 65 in the UK will suffer at least one fall a year, according to the NHS.

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Brain hurt: The app would look for changes in the eye’s pupil

Concussion is a temporary injury to the wisdom that causes symptoms including a headache, dizziness, vomiting, ambiguity and memory loss.

This is because with increasing age people may expand balance problems and muscle weakness.

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Recent research suggests it could also assist diagnose mild concussion.

The app enlists the smartphone’s flash to stimulate the eyes and press into services the video camera to record a three-second video. 

Changes in pupil enormousness is then measured.

In the new study, brain injuries were identified with not quite perfect accuracy using the app alone. 

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The researchers next plan to concede medical professionals to test the app as part of a new study.

They hope it could fit commercially available within two years.

Until now there has been no predestined way to diagnose a concussion, with doctors having to rule out worst event scenarios like a brain bleed or skull fracture first.

“PupilScreen objectives to fill that gap by giving us the first capability to measure an objective biomarker of concussion in the sward,” said Lynn McGrath, co-study author from the University of Washington.