“Promising” Advantages over MRIs as Company Prepares to Publish Unique Pre- & Post-Accident Study
PITTSBURGH, PA, USA (November 6, 2008) – In a push to improve diagnosis of returning military personnel for traumatic brain injuries, three leading military medical centers – Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton in California and Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii – recently purchased the I-Portal® NOTC System (Neuro Otologic Test Center) from Neuro Kinetics, Inc., (NKI) (www.neuro-kinetics.com).
Fast-growing NKI manufactures noninvasive medical diagnostic equipment used worldwide for neurologic, otologic and vestibular disorder evaluations.
The three medical centers join a growing roster of U.S. military medical facilities that are using Neuro Kinetics’ NOTC system, including the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia and Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington.
Numerous other federal government medical facilities, including those operated by the Veterans Administration and the National Institutes of Health, also rely on NKI products for conducting daily clinical evaluations of patients as well as undertaking a wide range of research projects.
Terms of the recent sales were not disclosed.
“We’re delighted to support the military in improving the quality of diagnosis and care for military personnel,” said NKI’s Alex Kiderman, Ph.D., chief technology officer.
Kiderman added that testing for signs of traumatic brain Injury (TBI) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) are top priorities for NKI.
“We continue to develop new testing capabilities for the NOTC and to expand diagnostic protocols. Lately, we have been particularly focused on helping military doctors who are using our tools to enhance their ability to diagnose traumatic brain injuries,” Kiderman said.
“What we learn from our military work will be valuable across the spectrum of head trauma, including injuries from motor vehicle, workplace and sports accidents,” Kiderman added. “We’re bringing new and exceptionally accurate technologies to help deal with the challenges of assessing and treating brain injuries.”
Kiderman noted that NKI will publish a unique case study of a patient’s pre- and post-accident brain function later this year. The study stems from the unusual circumstance of an NKI employee who suffered brain injuries in a bicycle accident, giving Kiderman and other NKI researchers the ability to compare pre-accident normative data (collected from the employee as part of routine product testing) with post-accident brain functioning.
“The research is promising,” Kiderman said. “It appears that the battery of tests in our NOTC system can detect traumatic brain injuries even when an MRI and radiographic studies fail to show damage.”
Audiologists, neurologists, neuro-otologists, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists and other medical specialists use NKI’s devices to evaluate and analyze neurologic, otologic and vestibular conditions in order to improve diagnoses and develop treatment plans.
NKI’s NOTC incorporates all ocular motor tests, as well as other motion tests that utilize a Barany (rotational) chair to evaluate the neuro-otologic system. The NOTC features a smooth, patented motor design, advanced analytics in its VEST™ software and the company’s patent-pending, high-speed I-Portal® VOG (video-oculography) eye tracking system.
Buckman Communications, for Neuro Kinetics, Inc.
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