The near-infrared light of the completely portable, handheld Infrascanner can detect intracranial hematomas–aka bleeding of the brain–right on the front lines in cases where Marines have suffered a head injury or were too close to a blast, lowering the risk of future complications...or worse.

 

National Harbor, Maryland - Project officer and retired Navy chief hospital corpsman, Mark Urrutic of The Family of Field Medical Equipment Team at MCSC attended the Navy League's Sea Air Exhibition, where he showed the innovative medical diagnostic device off to MCSC's Executive Director, William Williford.

 

"Intracranial hematomas–if gone untreated–can put pressure on the brain, causing potential brain damage or even death," Urrutic told MCSC Public Affairs.

 

MCSC Medical Team engineer, John Philpott, can see plenty of potential with this award-winning tech and also shared his thoughts. "In addition to helping us determine if Marines have suffered brain injuries, it can help us rule out Marines who haven't. So, Marines who aren't suffering from a brain hematoma can get back to the action sooner, rather than having to send every Marine back for a CT scan, which uses time and resources."

 

For more information on how this project started and where it's headed, you can read the original article here on the Official U.S. Marine Corps website.

 

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