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Researchers test new technique to help with concussion diagnosis

05:21 EDT 24 Aug 2017 | Medical Xpress

Sports-related concussions are a major public health concern and are notoriously difficult to diagnose. But new research from UBC's Okanagan campus provides a new tool to help test athletes for recent brain trauma. "Diagnosing concussions relies heavily on patients reporting their symptoms. While there are other tests that may be used to help clinicians make a diagnosis, they can be extremely subjective, inaccurate and, frankly, easy to manipulate," says study lead author and UBC Okanagan medical student and PhD candidate Alexander (Sandy) Wright. "Because concussions can't be seen on standard brain imaging, the holy grail in the concussion world has been to devise a test that can objectively say whether or not a patient has suffered a mild brain injury."

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