The Infrascanner Model 2000 is a portable ‘wand’ developed by medical device company InfraScan. The intracranial hematoma scanner uses near infrared technology on different parts of the brain to detect intracranial bleeding.
The handheld device has recently been approved by the FDA for military and civilian use. Mashable reports that it can spot the difference between normal brain tissue and hematomas using infrared light absorption, so patients who would benefit from immediate referral to a CT scan and neurosurgical intervention can be identified.
Dr. Joseph Maroon, a medical advisory board member of civilian Infrascanner distributor MedLogic, said:
Before the Infrascanner, first responders had to rely on imprecise methods to detect brain bleeds in patients, potentially delaying treatment. Whether on the field of battle with military medical personnel or on the thousands of playing fields with sports health professionals in professional, amateur or youth sports, the Infrascanner can potentially save lives by quickly detecting life-threatening brain bleeds earlier.