Sports injuries

There are an estimated 1.6 million sports-related concussions in the United States each year.

Despite the battery of cognitive tests and  imaging options available, it is still hard to get an accurate assessment of the degree of injury resulting from concussion. Players and their families, as well as sports leagues, want a definitive measure of concussion and clear guidelines on when it is safe to return to active sports after a concussion injury.

Sports injuries

There are an estimated 1.6 million sports-related concussions in the United States each year.

Despite the battery of cognitive tests and  imaging options available, it is still hard to get an accurate assessment of the degree of injury resulting from concussion. Players and their families, as well as sports leagues, want a definitive measure of concussion and clear guidelines on when it is safe to return to active sports after a concussion injury.

Armed Forces Injuries

Hundreds of thousands of servicemembers suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI), including from exposure to blasts from improvised explosive devices (IED).

Despite the battery of cognitive tests and imaging options available, it is still hard to get an accurate assessment of the degree of injury resulting from concussion. Servicemembers and their families,  as well as US Army support services, want a definitive measure of concussion and clear guidelines on when it is safe to return to active duty after a concussion injury.

Armed Forces Injuries

Hundreds of thousands of servicemembers suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI), including from exposure to blasts from improvised explosive devices (IED).

Despite the battery of cognitive tests and imaging options available, it is still hard to get an accurate assessment of the degree of injury resulting from concussion. Servicemembers and their families,  as well as US Army support services, want a definitive measure of concussion and clear guidelines on when it is safe to return to active duty after a concussion injury.

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is a powerful imaging tool for characterizing concussion and diagnosing severity of impact. There is compelling evidence that injured brain tissue in TBI patients generates abnormal low frequency activity that MEG can measure and localize.  A MEGSCAN evaluation will help clinicians to recommend treatment plans for concussion.

MEGSCAN is for investigational use only. It is not available for clinical use until regulatory approvals have been granted.

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is a powerful imaging tool for characterizing concussion and diagnosing severity of impact. There is compelling evidence that injured brain tissue in TBI patients generates abnormal low frequency activity that MEG can measure and localize.  A MEGSCAN evaluation will help clinicians to recommend treatment plans for concussion.

MEGSCAN is for investigational use only. It is not available for clinical use until regulatory approvals have been granted.

Benefits of MEGSCAN

MEGSCAN from York Instruments is a highly accurate and replicable imaging platform running tailored software that analyzes brain signals in concussed patients.

  • MEGSCAN’s brain sensors are optimized to collect a broad range of low frequency brain signals where clinicians will look for concussive injury information.

  • Dedicated concussion analysis package is currently under development to isolate and identify concussion-related brain signals.
  • 320 magnetic sensors, each located at an independent position over the scalp. This means more comprehensive brain coverage than any other MEG system currently on the market.
  • A suite of powerful, easy-to-use data acquisition and data viewing tools.

MEG as a diagnostic tool : a comparison

MEG vs CT

A CT scan is a standard imaging test  to assess the brain right after injury. A CT scan uses a series of X-rays to obtain cross-sectional images of the skull and brain. This can detect hemorrhage or edema, but will not detect concussion in cases of mild trauma. While cheap and quick, CT exposes the patient to radiation.

MEG is a more accurate indicator of brain function than CT. Many concussion injuries not detected using CT will show up in brain activation and connectivity using MEG. MEG is the imaging choice tool of choice for the investigation of post concussive cognitive impairment. 

MEG vs MRI

MRI is used to identify structural changes in the brain, or to diagnose complications that may occur after a concussion.  For some patients MRI is contra-indicated due to pacemakers or certain types of implants. Changes in the brain after a concussion are not always picked up by MRI.

MEG is a more accurate indicator of brain function than MRI. Many concussion injuries not detected using MRI will show up in brain activation and connectivity using MEG. MEG is the imaging choice tool of choice for the investigation of post concussive cognitive impairment. 

Going in for a MEG scan?

Having a MEG scan is quiet and non-invasive . Learn more about what you can expect.