A new device that's part robot and part ultrasound is making it easier for detecting signs of strokes, Parkinson's, or Alzheimer's in the brain.
“You’ll be asked to raise your hands, you’ll be asked speak, to see if there’s slurring, you’ll be asked if there’s tingling. And through that very subjective exam they’re going to decide if you’re having a stroke,” Diane Bryant, CEO of West LA-based NovaSignal told FOX5.
The new technology uses artificial intelligence and cloud computing to understand what's happening with blood flow in the brain in real time.
“I think this is a fundamental shift in how brain health will be managed,” said Robert Hamilton, founder of NovaSignal and inventor of the technology. “It is just using ultrasound, as you might think of general ultrasound, to look at how the blood flow is moving in different parts of the brain."
According to FOX5, the results of the scan can be streamed in real-time to a tablet, computer, or mobile phone.
NovaSignal is aiming to get the equipment into as many medical facilities as possible so it's as common as the X-Ray or MRI.