Note: Investigational use only. Neuro Kinetics, Inc. does not have FDA clearance for mTBI or concussion indications.
Sports Medicine Concussion Research
An important high school athlete study is underway to refine and validate the I-Portal® test battery. NKI is collecting base line data at the beginning of the sports season to compare post trauma for head injuries sustained during the season.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the result of a blunt blow, jolt or blast overpressure to the head that disrupts brain function. The terms mild TBI (mTBI) and concussion are commonly used interchangeably, and have been linked with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The severity of head injuries range from a brief change in mental status or consciousness to extended unconsciousness and amnesia. In severe or multiple concussion cases, personality changes can occur with devastating results.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 3.17 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a TBI. Currently there is no accepted clinical method to objectively detect mTBI.
Neuro Kinetics Neuro-Otologic Test Devices
NKI’s comprehensive I-Portal® neuro-otologic test devices are in wide use as a diagnostic tool for early disease detection by audiologists, ENT’s, neuro-otologists, neuro-ophthalmologist, and neurologists all over the world. The same multimodal tool is being used in research applications to detect mTBI and to monitor recovery from head trauma.
The I-Portal® tests are neuro-physiologic; measuring the eye’s response to various motion, oculomotor, and optokinetic stimuli. Early data shows I-Portal® tests can detect abnormalities resulting from head trauma even when structural imaging technologies show no damage. The test battery also suggests the data is significantly more objective than current neuro-psychological tests that rely partially on patient self diagnosis.
NKI is collaborating with military and sports medicine researchers to study new methods to objectively diagnose and monitor blast and blunt force head trauma.Our battery of tests can help examiners use and compare baseline data to post trauma data to make better return to play and return to duty decisions.