AP LIGHTNING, Afghanistan — Soldiers are trying out a high-tech brain scanner that tests for mild traumatic brain injuries.
The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade is the first unit to use the smartphone-sized BrainScope device in the field.
Capt. Nicholas Koreerat, a physical therapist in the 1st SFAB, trained newly-arrived medics from the 2nd Squadron (Armored), 1st Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division on the device Saturday at Advising Post Lightning near Gardez.
Medics often rely on injured soldiers to tell them what happened. But those with traumatic brain injuries often lose consciousness or suffer memory loss. Additionally, symptoms such as headache, dizziness, and anxiety aren’t visible and can be hidden or misinterpreted.
“Should we let them go back on mission? It tends to be subjective,” Koreerat said. “But the really neat thing about this is that it gives you objective data.”
Electrical currents course through the brain, and when someone has TBI, these currents will look different when analyzed by a scanner. The device can read these brain currents. It shows on a smartphone-like display whether a brain scan looks like those of people with TBIs.
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