BLAST to Detect Brain Injuries in Soldiers

by Stephanie Tomsett | 1Q 2017 | IN-4428

The US Office of Naval Research is funding the development of a new wearable sensor for soldiers that will be able to measure the unseen impact of explosions on soldiers, determine injury thresholds for the brain, and analyze traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The system is called the Blast Load Assessment Sense and Test (BLAST). Armor can protect a soldier from physical threats resulting from a nearby blast, such as shrapnel, but it does not protect against the shockwave and pressure that leads to TBIs. While BLAST, which will be embedded within a soldier’s body armor and/or helmet, would not be able to provide this protection, it will be able to determine if a TBI is likely to occur.

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