Non-invasive assay to discriminate between mild-Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Period of Performance: 09/08/2009 - 04/07/2010

$100K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Engineering Acoustics, Inc.
406 Live Oaks Blvd Array
Casselberry, FL 32707
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901
Institution POC

Abstract

An immediate and definite need exists for a portable screening device to provide objective assessment of mild-Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and assist in the discrimination between mTBI and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis. This research addresses the development of a portable diagnostic device and a series of non-invasive tests that measure changes in motor and/or sensory cranial nerve function. The device and instructions are intended to fit within a form factor approximately the size of a laptop computer case, and be easily administered by medics in the field. The occurrence of mTBI is under-diagnosed, both by the warfighters and by Army corpsmen. If these injuries could be detected objectively, quickly, and non-invasively, medical personnel would be able to begin early interventions.