Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is currently diagnosed via expensive and cumbersome hospital-based systems (e.g. CT & MRI). However TBI can present without detectable abnormalities and patients are often either over-triaged (waste of resources) or under-triaged (exposing patients to risks).
Point-of-care diagnostics using biological fluids is being developed by various Research Groups but devices are not yet widely available or rely on blood samples, hence not entirely non-invasive.
A Raman-based portable point-of-care diagnostics device directly illuminating the optical nerve of a patient with laser light to diagnose traumatic brain injuries non-invasively by detecting of qualitatively and/or quantitatively changes to the optic never demyelination (i.e. level of damage to the myelin sheath) and/or changes and/or type of biomarkers present in the cerebrospinal fluid.
- Portable point-of-care non-invasive device;
- Use in a primary care setting, in an Accident & Emergency hospital setting and/or in an intensive care setting to guide clinical intervention;
- No sample preparation;
- Real-time results;
- Simple use of visible excitation light;
- Can be used on both conscious and unconscious subjects.
- Point-of-care diagnostics
- Emergency Care
- Battlefield diagnostics
- Pitch-side diagnostics in sport
- Recovery monitoring