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New Mobile Phone App That Can Detect Traumatic Brain Injury

Known as the Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment (DANA), a one-of-a-kind mobile phone app has just been approved by the FDA as the newest method for users to determine the presence of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The app itself is said to be very much like a game featuring puzzling mechanics that make multiple sections of the brain operate simultaneously. With challenging questions and thought-provoking statements presented in a “straight to the point” mobile-environment, this app is getting a lot of use, and a lot of praise.

Even with the app, however, traumatic brain injury is a challenge to treat. Medical professionals are still unsure exactly how a brain should be cared for after a TBI. While the careful hands of a skilled brain surgeon can fix some life-altering situations for lucky patients, traumatic brain injury is still—just like the brain itself—a very complex condition, normally resulting from a blow to the head. The pain suffered after banging your head on the kitchen cabinet may dissipate just moments after impact, but causing physical damage to the brain could lead to the formation of a seriously debilitating condition, all the while the sufferer has no idea of the trouble brewing.

How will this tool change the current arsenal of TBI detection methods?

As of right now, the tools used for detecting TBI are limited. Luckily, determined scientists have been hard at work creating new methods that are far more advanced than a mobile phone app. Aside from the methods that have been used for decades like CT Scans or MRIs, just a plain old conversation and person-to-person assessment conducted by a medical provider remains an effective choice. But that’s not to downsize AnthroTronix, Inc. (the creators of DANA) for their outstanding work. The useful and effective tool which is now available to us could very well prove to be revolutionary.

When it comes to the brain, even the slightest injury can lead to the need for treatment. With a tool like this in the hands of the general public (literally), self-diagnosis could become a real thing. Some people refuse to obtain a professional examination by a doctor after a head injury. Maybe the injured feels fine and assume that because he/she has no visible wounds, that no damage was dealt. With this app, even those who choose to avoid the hospitals have a chance at determining whether or not they’ve got a traumatic brain injury.

Real uses in the modern world…

In hospitals, I can already imagine this phone app being handed to capable patients as a preliminary examination before calling in the “big guns”. This will save time for medical providers (by helping determine that there is certainly no traumatic brain injury), and could potentially save patients vastly on medical expenses by negating the need to use the expensive advanced equipment. EMS Units could also benefit from having access to this tool. The bulky equipment that is normally used to detect traumatic brain injuries doesn’t fit in an ambulance—cell phones do.

While all the potential uses for DANA are fascinating and something to look forward to, the area where the app is likely to make the most difference is on the battlefield. Soldiers would be gain the ability to give themselves a speedy 5-minute evaluation and, in a situation where medical care is already limited, increase their chances of a normal recovery.

For more information on traumatic brain injury and related topics, visit our website at dolmanlaw.com. If you’re seeking legal help pertaining to a personal injury caused by another party’s negligence which led to the traumatic brain injury of you or a loved one, Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA offers a free consultation and case evaluation by an experienced brain injury attorney. Give us a call today at 727-451-6900.

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