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Local innovation could change how concussions are diagnosed

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The concussion is one of the most common and most dangerous of sports injuries.

Confirming someone has one usually means a trip to the hospital, but that could soon change.

It's called the MindReader and it looks like a headset.

Soon it could be on the sidelines of sporting events, in school nurses' offices and even your pharmacy.

It may look like a simple headset, but what it does may boggle the mind.

"This is basically a fancy volt meter. The electricity of the brain is what we are measuring on the surface of the skull," said Adam Simon with Cerora.

Simon is the father of the invention MindReader, a state of the art way to detect a concussion moments after it happens by measuring brain waves.

That data is transmitted via blue tooth to a cell phone app.

Simon says it's so precise, it can detect a mild concussion, that might go undetected by current subjective examinations.

Cerora is based at Ben Franklin TechVentures in Bethlehem.

For the last two years, it has partnered with Lehigh University's athletic department doing baselines and follow up examinations on varsity athletes.

"We would be able to compare what her brain looked like after a head injury to before. and by looking at that comparison we can help figure out what makes a signature for when somebody has a brain injury," said Simon.

Simon says the idea for the MindReader was the result of his work in the field of Alzheimer's research.

Simon says the MindReader and its research should be submitted for FDA approval late this year or early next year..

Simon says he hopes it will empower physicians and one day be as commonly used as other emergency tools like the defibrillator.

He says one ultimate goal is to have a similar device inside helmets of athletes and soldiers to develop real time data.

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