The portability of the InfraScanner Model 2000 is a natural for multiple markets across the United States beginning with EMS, the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Units for any hospital, nursing and rehabilitation facilities, sports medicine, workers’ compensation and remote locations. The quick, reliable and safe quality of the InfraScanner enables a physician to make an informed decision on where to triage a patient with suspected intracranial bleeding. This first of its kind technology, using near infrared (NIR) light, provides a simple positive or negative graphic result with a high rate of specificity.
The InfraScanner is currently being used by physicians and athletic trainers in the NFL, NCAA and high schools. This non-invasive technology gives medical professionals objective data helping expedite critical triage decisions. The test takes just minutes to perform and can be done at the field of play. The InfraScanner is easily incorporated into any concussion management protocol.
In combat sports, the InfraScanner is being included as part of a post-fight neurological evaluation, adding an additional layer of protection for those athletes who participate in combat sports.
The InfraScanner technology has been added to the ImPACT Concussion Management Model under step 2. ImPACT Concussion Management Model
The portability of the InfraScanner helps medical professionals more accurately assist patients with traumatic brain injury, in just minutes. Shortening the time to treatment through effective detection means preserving brain function.
The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation partially funded a study involving use of the InfraScanner to detect intracranial bleeding in patients with head trauma in Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) throughout the State of West Virginia.
Currently patients who are taken to CAHs with head trauma are given a CT scan to determine the level of head trauma prior to being transferred to a Level 1 trauma center, where they will receive a second CT scan. Patients in this study will be tested with the InfraScanner in place of the initial CT scan, thereby reducing exposure to radiation, expediting transport times to the Level 1 trauma center and helping to reduce healthcare costs for the state of West Virginia.
Patient falls are the most commonly reported adverse hospital event; more than 1 million falls occur every year. Significant hospital costs for care, increased length of stay and liability are associated with falls. The CDC estimates direct costs of falls by seniors are estimated at 34 billion dollars annually, and Medicare no longer reimburses loss for fall related treatment.
The InfraScanner is being inserted into current fall protocol at the point of bedside monitoring when the patient returns to their room from a negative head CT scan.
The InfraScanner enables Emergency Department physicians to determine the urgency of imaging and proper prioritization for the CT scan, resulting in a more efficient use of hospital resources and better patient care.
Neurosurgery patients can be monitored as often as necessary, at bedside, to provide early detection of changes in intracranial hematomas between CT scans thus decreasing the frequency of damaging, disruptive, and inconvenient CT monitoring.
Additionally, since approximately 20% of trauma-related hematomas do not appear for more than 12 hours following an accident, the InfraScanner can be used effectively as a bedside monitoring tool for hospital patients undergoing observation.