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WASHINGTON RESEARCH UPDATE: EARLY DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT OF COMBAT BRAIN INJURIES
Leading military medical researchers will present a detailed update on efforts to improve early diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of combat-related brain injuries on March 31st at the Battlefield Healthcare conference (www.battlefieldhealthcare.com) in Washington, D.C.
We are currently working with specialists at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (Fort Rucker, Al), the Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center (Fort Campbell, KY), Tripler Army Medical Center (HI) and on Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Traumatic Brain Injury Team (Washington, D.C.), among others, to test whether oculometric measurement tests available through our I-Portal® NOTC (Neuro-Otologic Test Center) and I-Portal® VNG (Video Nystagmography) systems can provide effective neuro-physiologic and vestibular evaluations for brain injuries. If so, earlier diagnosis– and therefore improved care – would be possible. The need for improved diagnosis and treatment is urgent – an estimated 20% soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from brain injuries. And while the research is not yet complete, it has brought us a distinction of note: Defense Technology International magazine calls us a “company to watch.” (Read here.)
VESTIBULAR TESTING: WHERE WE ARE AND WHAT’S AHEAD
Writing in the professional magazine Advance for Audiology, Neuro Kinetics’ Chief Technology Officer Alex Kiderman reports that while “audiologists have gained valuable new tools and procedures to assess a patient’s vestibular functioning,” in recent years, “there is need for ongoing improvement.” Kiderman says that traditional testing methods -- including MRIs, CT scans, audiograms, VEMP, caloric and rotational tests -- frequently do not fully determine whether a patient’s peripheral vestibular function is normal or abnormal, whether a complaint involves one or both ears, or the degree of severity of the abnormal vestibular function. Kiderman’s column then goes on to detail some of the limitations of various tests available to audiologists and takes a look at new ones on the horizon. Read his full report here.
PATENT ISSUED FOR MOTION SICKNESS TESTING AND PROTOCOL
As we work to expand the scope of tests that may be conducted through our equipment, we’re building a diversified portfolio of intellectual property. The most recent addition is a patent, granted a few weeks ago, for a dynamic visual acuity test that can be integrated into neuro-otologic testing devices and is capable of producing a stimulus (i.e., laser image) in excess of 1,000,000 degrees/second, along with related prototocol, to test for motion sickness. You can read the full patent filing here.
RESEARCHERS: ANIMAL TESTING
Most clinicians and researchers we serve think of us primarily for the tests that can be conducted through our I-Portal® lines of products and our related software and support services. You might be surprised to learn about some of the other products we offer. Case in point: Did you know we have turnkey solutions for animal testing? Our animal rate system is a cost-effective and comprehensive digital rotary motion package with an incredibly small footprint. It offers researchers a compact, affordable solution, with robust flexibility, to design and undertake experiments with small animals. We have options for linear travel and tilt as well. Read more below.
Small Animal Rotator
GOT A VIDEO TO SHARE ON YOUTUBE? CHECK THESE OUT
Lights, camera, action – we’re going Hollywood. Well, not quite … but we have opened a channel on YouTube where we’re posting videos we collect from clinicians, university researchers and others who are doing great things with our equipment and are making an impact in their medical specialties. It’s all about our users, not us. Got a video to share? Please send it or a link to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, check out this video from Central Michigan University (go to bottom of page here) and the National Dizzy and Balance Center (here).
FROM ENGLAND: “SERIOUS BUSINESS TO THIS VERTIGO"
A newspaper reporter in London got an unusual assignment: Visit a professor at London’s Imperial College and take a ride on the I-Portal® Neuro-Otologic Test Center that had been installed by Neuro Kinetics as part of a research study of Meniere's disease, a type of vertigo that effects the inner ear and afflicts one in a thousand people. The reporter’s experience: “An exhilarating six minutes of fairground-style fun.” Read his article here.
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