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30%+ Reduction in Unnecessary Head CT Scans When Integrating FDA-Cleared BrainScope One


Washington University Barnes Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis reported that use of the FDA-cleared BrainScope One medical device reduced the use of unnecessary CT scans by nearly 33% in hospital emergency room setting when compared to the use of standard clinical practice. Titled “Reduction in the unnecessary CT scans head-injury in the emergency department using an FDA cleared device,” the study results were published in peer-reviewed journal The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Emergency Room (ER) visits for mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) have greatly increased due to increased awareness of potential consequences of such injuries. Nearly 5 million Americans seek medical care for head injury each year. As reported in the AP News, while the vast majority of head-injured patients who go to the ER receive a heat CT scan, more than 90% of them are found to be negative. This practice unnecessarily exposes the patient to radiation, increases utilization of the ER resource and lengthens provider throughout times.

Enter BrainScope’s flagship product BrainScope One product.  Commercially available, it is a multi-modal, comprehensive, handheld system that supports clinicians objectively and rapidly assess and triage head injured patients directly at the point of care.

The first and only FDA-cleared medical device to offer capabilities to assess the full spectrum of brain injury—from concussions (functional abnormality) to brain bleeds (structural injury)—for those with mTBI. The device is being implemented, according to its sponsor, across a cross-section of market segments including: urgent care and occupational health clinics, concussion clinics, hospital emergency rooms, the U.S. military, university sports and student health centers, professional sports and pharmaceutical clinical trials. Follow the link below to read more about BrainScope One in addition to its recent study.

In the recent study, 91 patients presenting to the ER within 3 days of sustaining a closed head injury (with a mean time since injury of 10.8 hours) were evaluated at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Washington University Medical Center ER. Patients were 18-76 years of age, and all but one had a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score of 15. 82% of the injuries were caused either bu motor vehicle collisions or falls. All 91 patients were referred for a head CT scan, which was read by the site neuroradiologist and evaluated for related traumatic brain injury. Patients also received a 5-10 minute BrainScope EEG-based Structural Injury Classifier (SIC) evaluation using a proprietary disposable EEG headset, which is rapidly and easily placed on the forehead region. The BrainScopeOne utilizes proprietary AI-based algorithms to provide clinically-relevant information to determine whether a patient is likely CT positive or likely CT negative (no structural brain injury).

Lead Research/Investigator

Dr. Rosaenne Naunheim


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