A New Blood Test to Diagnose Concussions On The Field

by Rachel Baker on January 17, 2014

Having a blood test that could determine whether you had a concussion or not would be fantastic – it would allow hospitals to determine diagnosis without having to pump someone full of radiation for a CT Scan.

A protein could signal the first signs of brain changes due to a concussion.

With a finger-stick and a drop of blood, researchers from the University of Rochester say it may be possible to tell whether a player experienced a concussion.

Levels of the brain protein S100B start to rise with intense exertion, but also after a major impact such as a blow to the head. So the scientists investigated whether it would be possible to distinguish the two circumstances in hopes of finding a way to detect the first signs of traumatic brain injury.

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