Microwave measurements able to detect intracranial bleeding

A new clinical study shared results that demonstrated how microwave measurements can be used for a rapid detection of intracranial bleeding in traumatic brain injuries.

In the study from Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, 20 patients hospitalized for surgery of chronic subdural hematoma and 20 healthy volunteers were examined with microwave measurements compared to traditional CT scans.

A microwave measurement is performed by placing a microwave helmet on a patient’s head. Brain tissue is then examined with the support of microwave radiation. Data suggests that microwave measurements were able to detect intracranial bleeding in this group of patients.

“The result is very promising even though the study is small and only focused on one type of head injury. The microwave helmet could improve the medical assessment of traumatic head injuries even before the patient arrives at the hospital,” said Johan Ljungqvist specialist in neurosurgery at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in a statement. “The result indicates that the microwave measurements can be useful in ambulances and in other care settings.”

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