Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed a new technology for detecting and assessing brain injuries. The new technology detects the eye movements of patients while they watch music videos for less than four minutes. While viewing the video, a patient’s ratio of horizontal to vertical eye movements is measured.
Studies showed that patients suffering from weakened nerves which move the eyes, or swelling in the brain that affects these nerves, displayed an uneven ratio of horizontal to vertical eye movements. Healthy subjects had a 1:1 ratio of horizontal to vertical eye movements. After surgery to treat swelling in the brain, subjects whose eye movements were abnormal were tested again, and the results showed that their eye movements had returned to normal.
Researchers are hopeful that this new technology can assist in quicker detection of traumatic brain injury and help determine the location of injuries in the brain. Head researchers believe that the new technology will be particularly useful in diagnosing concussions and blast injuries.
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