New brain scan technology hopes to help troops with PTSD
Updated: Feb 12, 2020
Posted: 8:00 AM, Feb 24, 2019 Updated: 10:02 AM, Feb 25, 2019 By: ABC News 10 San Diego
Author: Melissa Mecija
-- A local company is combining old and new technology to try and help the military cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a disorder that some develop after experiencing a shocking or dangerous event, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
San Diego-based Baslyne partnered with medical technology company WAVi to measure the strength and quickness of the brain’s response in members of the military. Together, the companies are using an electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure brain activity, combined with a specialized test to measure response to various tones.
While this technology has been used to understand concussions in young athletes, Baslyne's CEO Tom Kinder said they are now using it to understand PTSD in our military.
“It’s probably the most important thing we’re doing,” said Kinder. “We’re looking at brain wave indicators that are showing [or] have symptoms of certain aspects of PTSD.”
The test can be as quick as four minutes. It gathers real-time information about your brain performance.
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