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Football Helmet to Diagnose If a Player Has Suffered a Concussion

Dr. Hashem Ashrafiuon, a mechanical engineering professor in Villanova University’s College of Engineering, envisions a day not too far off, when a computer chip embedded in an American football player’s helmet will transmit brain wave data for instant analysis by software that he and his research team are currently developing for coaches and trainers on the sidelines enabling them to determine if a player has suffered a concussion.

BCILab™ software, developed by Dr. Ashrafiuon and his colleagues from University of Wisconsin and Brain Computer Interface LLC, analyzes human brain wave data (EEG signals) recorded by a headset and predicts abnormalities in brain activity.

BCI is currently gathering and analyzing data with scientific collaborators who are subject matter experts in the following verticals, where  MindScope™ technology has clear application:

  • Pharmaceutical Compound development and monitoring
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression
  • mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Biomarkers of central nervous system activity

“It can basically be used to diagnose any “health problem” that affects brain activity,” Ashrafiuon said. “We hope to monitor brain health in patients with mild traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, and sleep and circadian disorders.”

Publication of the research team’s findings is expected this summer. Commercialization of the Mindscope™ system is projected for Spring 2014.

Source: Villanova University