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Lives could be saved by ultrasound scanning for life-threatening bleeding in the brain and software developed by the University of Aberdeen which creates 3-D models of the brain from basic ultrasound images.
‘Closed’ brain injuries are difficult to diagnose without CT or MRI scans to detect internal bleeding or other brain damage caused a blow to the head. The problem is that delays in diagnosis can cause long-term brain injury or death. However if identified promptly, emergency surgery can help prevent long-term brain damage by drilling holes in the skull to relieve pressure on the brain caused by the build up of blood.
The technology uses a movement sensor attached to an ordinary ultrasound probe, to scan the brain where the skull bone is thinnest. The software captures around 2,000 ultrasound images to create build up a 3-D image.
This allows a medic with only basic ultrasound training to produce as detailed a scan of the brain as possible before getting to hospital and to send the brain scan to an expert doctor to interpret and feedback appropriate treatment advice. This could be particularly useful for patients who live a long way from hospital and military casualties.
This exciting development of existing ultrasound technology has the potential to significantly improve the diagnosis and treatment of hidden brain injuries, which sometimes tragically are not found until it is too late to treat. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury caused by someone else and want to know how we can help, please contact Andy Shaw or call us on 0800 073 0988.
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