For stroke victims, time is of the essence and being able to administer the right medication to them as soon as possible is what Dr. Alistair McEwan of the University College London hopes will save lives. In the near future, a portable Bluetooth brain scanner he is developing will scan a persons brain and identify any problems. Dr. McEwan has just received a £140,000 ($253,000) grant from the charity Action Medical Research to develop this wireless life saving device.
The aim is for the portable brain scanner to utilize Bluetooth technology and be connected to a computer stationed inside an ambulance. It will utilize Electrical Impedance Tomography, a medical imaging procedure wherein images are displayed quickly using electrodes placed around the body to note changes in the brain.
Placed on the stroke victim’s head, the wireless scanner will enable paramedics to determine the cause of the stroke. Knowing this crucial information will enable them to administer the right medication even before the victim reaches the hospital. Data reveals that new clot-busting drugs enable some stroke victims to make a full recovery “If” they are treated within three hours of their attack.
According to Britain’s Press Association, over 130,000 people in England and Wales experience a stroke annually. Of this figure, there are about 60,000 deaths.