A study shows that physicians were able to diagnose brain injuries with a blood test
ROCHESTER – At the University of Rochester Medical Center, a revolutionary method to study brain injury has been investigated. It was released Wednesday in The Lancet Neurology.
"For the first time in the US, a blood test will be available to help doctors determine if people who have been hit in the head could have a traumatic brain injury such as brain bleeding or bruising," explained URMC a press release on Wednesday.
It continues: "Up to this point, physicians have relied on subjective markers – especially patients reported symptoms such as headache, nausea, or photosensitivity ̵
"Many concussion patients are not seeking medical attention for their injury, a decision partly due to the perception that emergency rooms have nothing to offer in terms of diagnosis," said lead author Jeffrey J. Bazarian, MD, MPH, in the press release of the study Se.
Bazarian is a professor of emergency medicine at the Medical Center of the University of Rochester.
He added, "The results of this study show that we now have something to offer – a biomarker blood test in the brain.The ability of this test to predict traumatic injury on the head CT scan will soon allow emergency physicians to Providing patients with an unbiased report on the status of their brains. "
It could also reduce waiting times in the emergency room.
"[The U.S. has] long waiting times in emergency departments One of the bottlenecks is the use of the CT scan as the scanner is used for everything: head, neck, chest, abdominal injuries," explained Bazarian.
He said there were more than 2.5 million visits to the brain and brain injury department in the US each year, "with over 20 million head CT scans. Ninety percent of those scans are back to normal."
He believes that the number of scans can be reduced by a third when the blood test is available for specific patients.