According to the USCDC, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur at an annual rate of 500/100,000 individuals. Serious cases can be measured by CAT scans, but injuries such as concussions are more difficult to gauge. Untreated mild TBIs can lead to depression, dementia and other problems.

BrainScope, a privately held medical neurotechnology company, is making waves in detecting traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The company develops portable, non-invasive instruments to help assess brain function at the initial point of care after a head injury.

Doctors have a new set of guidelines to consult when treating adult patients with persistent post-concussion symptoms.

Dr. Shawn Marshall, lead author, says that concussions are commonly thought of as a sports injury. But many concussions come “from mishaps of daily living, such as slipping on the ice while walking the dog, falling down the stairs at home, or being in a car crash.”

The new guidelines take a broader view to concussion management. They help doctors get their patients back to work, school, and family.