Albuquerque company developing app to diagnose concussions

Posted at: 06/06/2014 11:24 PM
Updated at: 06/06/2014 11:29 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Concussions are a hot topic in professional, collegiate and even youth football. Albuquerque's VisionQuest Biomedical believes they may have a way to diagnose concussions quickly, cheaply and with nothing more than an iPad and a harness.

"This can provide a diagnostic decision about whether the player should go back to the field, remain stable off the time.. or remain off the field for some time," research scientist Vinayak Joshi said.

The application they're developing uses surveys and balance tests to determine whether someone may have a traumatic brain injury.

"To eliminate the baseline evaluation so therefore someone in the emergency room, someone on the battlefield, anyone that just bumped their head in a backyard, can get a better idea of how serious their injury is," Ricky VanNess of VisionQuest Biomedical said.

The company plans to test the tool with UNM football players during the next school year.

"We help that it'll help anyone from the lower levels all the way up to the higher levels and the pros to make a better decision on their athlete and their recovery from concussion," VanNess said.

The application isn't mean to replace the work of actual physicians. It's targeted more toward giving teams an extra safety tool.