New Device Could Allow Anyone to Diagnosis Concussions

A team of researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute is working on a simple radar system which would enable almost anyone to diagnose a concussion with just a few minutes of training. This new technology, which is similar to the device police officers use to catch motorists speeding, could save thousands of lives each year.

The researchers are working on the new devise so that coaches, parents, other students, or really anyone, could use the device and diagnosis a concussion on the spot. The system will be easy to use and will produce data that will give the user a "high certainty that the person is healthy or concussed or kind of in between and maybe needs further diagnosis."

The technology still needs to be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, but if it does, it could be used in many different applications, from sporting events to the battlefield. Lab testing has already begun using volunteers who were conditioned to perform as if they’d had a concussion. Field tests will start soon to see if it works as well in the real world as it does in the lab.