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Georgia Tech radar system may enable simple screening for brain injury

20 May 2011

A research team at Georgia Tech Research Institute is reporting on the potential of a simple radar system with potenial for rapid, on-the-spot screening for brain injury, in a paper published 16 May in the SPIE Digital Library. The system could rapidly detect concussion in athletes, soldiers, and others, allowing for improved treatment and preventing further injury, researchers say.

SPIE Member Jennifer Palmer presented the team's latest advances in a paper on "Detecting gait alterations due to concussion impairment with radar using information-theoretic techniques," at the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing symposium last month.

View the open-access abstract and access the paper in the SPIE Digital Library.

Read the press release from Georgia Tech Research Institute.

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