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US Army embracing 'brain thermometer' to better gauge soldier health

US Army testing new smartphone app that helps diagnose physical and mental problems soldiers in the field could be suffering
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 9:41 pm

A new mobile application described as a "brain thermometer" is being developed by AnthroTronix, and has the ability to accurately gauge soldier traumatic brain injuries and other physical ailments. The Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment (DANA) conducts neurocognitive and psychological tests that can help medical experts identify problems.




Participants are asked to answer on-screen exercises, with speed and accuracy tracked - a medical provider would then analyze the tests and compare it to pre-deployment test figures.


"In essence, measuring reaction time is like taking the temperature of the brain," said Corinna Lathan, CEO of AnthroTronix. "It's a vital part of the data that any health professional needs to evaluate his patient."


Regardless of long-term success, DANA will not replace the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation or Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metric - but will be another tool for medical specialists to use.


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