Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by an external force. TBI can be classified into “mild”, “moderate” and “severe categories.
Wordwide, TBI is one of major leading causes of death and disability. Additionally, the mortality rates of severe TBI are known as 30 ~ 40%. In 2016, there were incidence numbers of TBI, ~ 170,000 in South Korea, ~1,100,000 in USA, ~1,200,000 in Western Europ, ~ 1,200,000 in Russia. Most cases of TBI (more than 80%) were mild TBI (mTBI) (Lancet Neurol 2018/2019).
At present, TBI is diagnosed by CT scan or MRI. In case of mTBI, less than 10% are normally detected, while 90% of mTBI patents are not properly treated. Because mTBI can rapidly progress to “severe” TBI or death, the fast and accurate diagnositic system is necessary for proper treatment.
In general, mTBI suspected patients go to small or mid sized hospitals, where can not equip with extra-expensive diagnositc devices including CT scan, MRI, ELISA, CLIA, etc. and expert people to operate. In an alternative solution, they could send blood samples to commercial laboratorys, but it can not be a good solution for mTBI. This is because it would be take 3~4 days to get diagnostic results.
VEUS TBI™ can provide a perfect solution for mTBI with the fast (in 20~30 min) and accurate (more than 95% accuracy) results. VEUS TBI™ is a POCT system, not requiring extra expensive devices and experts. Therefore, it can be easily operated by a doctor alone in small or mid sized hospitals. As a result, VEUS TBI™ helps mTBI patients to be properly treated and to release people (suspected but not mTBI) from health concerns in a half day.
Mild TBI (mTBI) diagnostic process in small or mid-sized hospitals