(Beaver Dam) Two Beaver Dam-natives have helped develop a new process that may better diagnose a concussion. Sisters Rosina and Uzma Samadani recently received word that their cutting-edge EyeBOX device received FDA approval to begin commercial marketing. The technology was developed at the neuro-diagnostic company Oculogica Inc. which was founded by Dr. Uzma in 2013.
Dr. Rosina, who joined Oculogica in 2015, says EyeBOX uses eye-tracking to watch a patients eyes while they are watching a four-minute video. She says an enormous amount of data is gathered and entered into an algorithm that determines the individual’s BOX score. If a patients BOX score is less than ten they do not have a concussion, if it is equal to or greater than ten they do have a concussion.
The device is equipped with a forehead and chin-rest while the patient views the video that moves in a deliberately slow fashion across a screen. Rosina says it takes less than ten-seconds following the test to calculate the patient’s BOX score.
She says the process behind EyeBOX was first developed in 2011 by her sister Uzma who discovered a relationship between cranial nerves and eye movement. Uzma believed detecting cranial nerve deficits could possibly connect to the diagnosis of concussions through eye movement, which proved to be correct following a clinical study.
Rosina says the goal of EyeBOX is to not only diagnose concussions but be able to provide better guidance for treatment and therapy procedures.
She says in the next few months the device will be offered through several select clinics with the purpose of putting it in the hands of professionals who understand concussions. She adds Oculogica is also developing a portable version of the EyeBOX that they hope to release in a few years.
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