Neuro Kinetics Update Bulletin NOV 2008
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CAN OUR I-PORTAL® NOTC DATA SHOW
MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
THAT OTHER TECHNOLOGIES DO NOT?

Read Our Unique Case Study of a Patient Before and After mTBI Accident

At last week’s American Balance Society conference in Arizona, two neuro kinetics experts — along with Dr. Brian J. McKinnon from the College of Georgia’s Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery–presented a case study that just might prove to be a breakthrough in the detection of mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI).

Why?

Case StudyBecause the case study suggests that tests utilizing our I-Portal® NOTC system can generate data that show the potential deterioration in performance in a series of motion, optokinetic and ocular motor tests resulting from mild traumatic brain injuries that are not detected by other evaluation technologies.

Read the full case study here.
Read our news release here.

This unique case study comes as record numbers of American soldiers are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with brain injuries ... and thousands of other Americans suffer from brain injuries in car, sports and workplace accidents.

Our study features the unusual circumstance of pre- and post-accident neuro-otologic test data gathered from one individual, one of our staffers, who had undergone various I-Portal NOTC evaluations as part of routine product testing and then again after he suffered a bicycle accident last year.

Explained Alex Kiderman, PhD, Neuro Kinetics' chief technology officer, “The situation with our colleague presented us with a rare opportunity to evaluate a patient after an accident and compare those results to baseline data previously collected.

“Clinicians who deal with brain injuries should be intrigued by our findings. The I-Portal NOTC system collected data that appears to indicate mild traumatic brain injuries that went undetected by other evaluation methods. The patient in our study had undergone a CT scan after his accident, but those results were negative, i.e., no injury. The I-Portal NOTC's were positive, i.e., there was an injury. The I-Portal NOTC data supported the patient’s belief that he was not healthy.”

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Added Kiderman, “We believe this case study may shed new light on how medical professionals can identify mild traumatic brain injuries and traumatic brain injuries. We are continuing our work in this vital area and hope that others will be encouraged by our results and will pursue additional research.”

Specific tests conducted on the Neuro Kinetics employee before and after his accident and reported in the case study included optokinetic (OKN), spontaneous, pendular tracking, saccade, horizontal and vertical gaze, subjective visual vertical (SVV) and subjective visual horizontal (SVH), head thrust test (HTT), and sinusoidal harmonic acceleration test (SHA). (The HTT test is currently investigational.)

Besides Drs. McKinnon and Kiderman, the other expert who presented at last week’s conference was Terri E. Ives, ScD, AuD, F-AAA, CCC-A, Neuro Kinetics’ clinical director–audiology.

Want to know more?

Read the full case study here.
Read our news release here.

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