The human brain is the most complex and fascinating organs of the human body. Its extraordinary ability to govern intellect, memory, emotion, touch, motor skills, vision, respiration, temperature, hunger, and every other bodily activity makes it critical to safeguard from traumatic brain injury.
This month being traumatic brain injury (TBI) awareness month, we invite everyone to be aware of their brain health and realize how important it is to protect the brain.
The most common causes of TBI are:
- Vehicle-related collisions
- Sports injuries
- Explosive blasts and other combat injuries
Everyone is at a risk of having TBI, but some demographics are more at risk such as children (newborns to four years), young adults (between 15 and 24 years of age) and those over 60.
Dr. Michael Karsy, a neurosurgeon from the University of Utah, noted Dr. Karsy noted — “Head injury is actually a lot more common than people think. Somewhere between 10 to 20% of the population will have some sort of head injury at some point in their life that can be as simple as a mild concussion or as severe as a traumatic brain injury. So, there’s a range of severity, but it is a very common thing that can happen.”
When someone suffers a TBI it is vital they receive timely and effective treatment in order to maintain the highest quality of life possible after the injury.
Using technology such as augmented reality surgical navigation, like Novarad’s FDA pending VisAR may enhance treatment of TBI, explained Dr. Karsy. When surgery is required, a tool such as VisAR would be used to achieve a great surgical precision and confidence. Using an augmented reality surgical navigation system, such as VisAR can help achieve better results when placing intracranial pressure monitors, external ventricular drains or draining hematomas. to relieve pressure by protecting 2D and 3D images overlaid on the patient during surgery.
The following are a few ways to prevent head injuries that can lead to TBI:
- Wear your seat belts
- Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Don’t text or use a cell phone while driving
- Wear a helmet (when riding a motorcycle or bike)
- Prevent falls at home
- Prevent head injuries in children by supervising them at all times
At Novarad, we create revolutionary surgical guidance technology. VisAR can help neurosurgeons with a more precise view of a patient’s anatomy and surgical guidance during procedures to treat TBI.
Get in touch with us and request a demo today!