New Concussion Diagnosis Tech Tested In Pittsburgh

Eye movements help AHN doctors spot, track injuries

Joe DeStio
December 06, 2018 - 10:26 am
Allegheny Health Network's Dr. Ed Snell Examines a patient

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — New technology uses the eyes to determine when a patient has a concussion and when to return to normal activity.

Video-oculography developed by a company called Neuro Kinetics and tested by doctors at Allegheny Health Network.

“How the brain is functioning by looking at the function through how the eyes move,” AGH Neurologist Kevin Kelly explains. “It’s really just that simple.”

The technology also tests sense of balance and reaction time.

Their study compared 50 concussed high school athletes to 170 athletes with no concussions.

It confirms some concussion symptoms do not repair as quickly as others, and has shown promise for the testing to help indicate long-term consequences of mild traumatic brain injury.

It also gives a more objective diagnosis because physicians don't have to interpret cognitive testing.

“Currently, the process of diagnosing a person with concussion is subjective because a physician must interpret results of neurocognitive testing and/or brain imaging,” said Dr. Alex Kiderman, Chief Technology Officer at Neuro Kinetics.

“The results of this study suggest that a range of this testing can be used to objectively, reliably and non-invasively evaluate and diagnose concussion.”

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