The Future of Brain Injury Treatment, TBI and Concussions
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs every 23 seconds.
Over 2.5 million people show up in emergency rooms every year with suspected brain injuries.
It's not just the TBI that are causing harm.
90% of these cases are false alarms (which is good), but each individual visit and brain scan exposes the injured person to unnecessary to massive doses of radiation, and a hefty hospital bill - to the tune of $1,200 (which is bad).
If the 10% that are classified as TBIs sounds small, known that an estimated 5.3 million Americans currently have some form of traumatic brain injury, with 1.3 million new cases annually.
Collectively, medical costs and loss of wages amounts to over $60 billion per year.
That's no small sum.
Is The Ahead 300 from Brain Scope The Next Biohacking Tool?
What if there was an accurate, portable option that could assess brain injuries on location -- either in the ring, on the court, or even in the battlefield - capable of instant, accurate reporting without the excess radiation exposure?
Well, a recent device was just cleared by the FDA that promises to do that very thing.
The Ahead 300 from Brain Scope promises to be the first portable device to assess traumatic head injury, and only real alternative to clinical brain imaging technology.
A recent study published in Academic Emergency Medicine sought to test the accuracy and effectiveness of the device and found an accuracy rate of 97% when screening participants for traumatic brain injury.
What does this mean?
This means is that there will soon be a more affordable, portable, highly accurate way to assess traumatic brain injury and intracranial bleeding. This has massive implications in sports, and pretty soon we’ll be able to assess brain injury anywhere to screen individuals who really do need further imaging and those who don’t.
If you read this article you know that concussion signs don’t show up until 5 minutes after brain injury. Brain-damaging concussions can happen from something as ordinary as getting hit in the head with a volleyball -- and you can remain conscious the whole time.
Rather than dropping 1k on a brain scan just to make sure you DON’T have a traumatic brain injury, you’ll soon be able to mosey over to the sidelines and know with 97% accuracy what’s happening inside your head.
This has massive potential as a preventative piece of tech, but what are the implications for optimization? We already have some brain biohacking gear like electrical stimulation, neurofeedback, sound frequencies, and light therapy, but what’s next?
The Ahead 300 might be it.
The device can accurately measure and record brain wave patterns directly to a handheld device and is programmed to read 30 specific features of brain electrical activity. This means the device can track patterns of brain activity; how fast or how slow information travels from one side of the brain to the other, and whether electrical activity in both sides of the brain is coordinated, or if one side is lagging.
There’s no price tag on this data-driven device yet, but it could have huge implications for biofeedback, measuring brain function, and possibly even tracking how the brain responds under the influence of, say, your favorite nootropic stack, or other favorites in your brain biohacking tool kit.
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