Study Shows Oculomotor Tests Useful for Detecting Neurologic Changes in Active Duty Service Members

Sep 7, 2018

A study conducted at the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Intrepid Center of Excellence using I-Portal® technology found that active duty service members with dual diagnoses of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and behavioral health conditions most often had abnormal results for oculomotor tests, particularly pursuit and saccades. Given that the results were abnormal more frequently for vertical rather than horizontal subtests for both test types,  the authors suggest vertical subtests should be utilized when evaluating the TBI population. Additionally, tests of central vestibular function appear to be useful for detecting neurologic changes in chronic TBI cases. Link