Invisible Brain Injury Project
CereScan is currently completing an Institutional Review Board approved study that was designed to examine the effectiveness of near infrared (NIR) light therapy in the treatment of traumatic brain injury. The Tug McGraw Foundation has funded this study and we have partnered with the Colorado Neurological Institute to oversee the study.
The study is a small proof-of-concept study and includes military veterans and retired NFL players, all of whom have suffered a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. The treatment is the application of NIR light to the head. This type of light therapy is transcranial, that is, it goes through the skull and bathes the brain in both red and near infrared light. Each participant in the study has gone through three treatment sessions each week for six weeks. Each treatment session takes 20 minutes, making the total amount of treatment over the course of the study just six hours.
Working to Find an Answer
To study the impact of the treatment, we are using three measures. First, we have each participant complete a symptom questionnaire by rating each TBI symptom on a 1-5 point scale in terms of both frequency and intensity. Second, we conduct neuropsychological testing using standard learning and cognitive processing scales. Third, each participant undergoes a SPECT brain scan to measure blood flow levels in 160 regions of the brain. Each SPECT scan is quantitative and produces 262,000 data points, which in turn create 3D images of the injured areas of the brain. These measures are used both pre-treatment and post-treatment in order to make comparisons and draw conclusions.
All participants have recently completed their treatment regimens as well as post-treatment measures. Results are now being analyzed. Check back soon for a complete report on the outcomes of this study.
**CereScan is no longer accepting participants for this study.**