BrainScope, a medical neuro-technology company focused on concussion and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) assessment, announced that researchers have published preliminary results related to a multi-modal concussion assessment capability for potential severity and likelihood of prolonged recovery from concussions.
Published in the peer-reviewed journal Computers in Biology and Medicine, the paper entitled, “A multimodal biomarker for concussion identification, prognosis and management” describes a study which enrolled 568 concussed and matched control patients between the ages of 13-25 from 29 colleges and 19 high schools. Subjects were tested at the time of injury and at multiple time points during recovery.
Results from this study demonstrated highly significant differences in the BrainScope biomarker between the 177 concussed patients and controls at the time of injury and no significant differences at clinically determined Return-to-Play. Progressive recovery over time was also demonstrated, especially in the prolonged recovery group. Results also supported the hypothesis that some of the more severely injured subjects may have been allowed to return to play too soon.
“Today there is a reliance on self-report and subjective sideline evaluations. This large feasibility study demonstrated the potential clinical utility of a multi-modal biomarker to provide a means for objective personalized tracking from time of injury throughout recovery of brain function after concussive injury,” Dr. Leslie Prichep, Chief Scientific Officer of BrainScope said.
“This substantial project was initiated several years ago in collaboration with the Department of Defense with a mutual vision of creating an objective, multi-modal biomarker to help determine a concussed patient’s level of severity and potential duration of recovery after head injury – leading to Return-to-Activity decisions,” BrainScope Michael Singer CEO said.
BrainScope noted that while this capability is not currently included in its FDA-cleared product, BrainScope One, the multi-modal biomarker employs BrainScope’s technology platform and Intellectual Property portfolio.