CereScan CEO Talks CTE and Concussions in Football

John Kelley, CEO and Chairman of CereScan, sits down with the hosts of popular Charlotte and Tampa Bay sports radio stations during Super Bowl Week.concussions in football

John Kelley, chairman and CEO of CereScan, a brain diagnostic imaging company, sat down with the hosts of popular Charlotte, N.C., and Tampa Bay, Fla., sports radio stations during Super Bowl Week to discuss the recent impact of concussions in football.

During the interviews, John stressed that getting a baseline SPECT scan of the brain should be as routine as getting a colonoscopy or mammogram. He also added that accurately identifying the problem is the step toward recovery.

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CereScan’s qSPECT imaging technology can pinpoint the actual area of the brain that is abnormally functioning, and provide a clear image for an accurate diagnosis and a better treatment path. When the brain is scanned, blood flow levels are mapped within the brain to pinpoint where blood flow is normal and where it isn’t. Based on the signature patterns of brain based disorders, a diagnosis can be more accurately identified.

Check out his interviews below to learn more about how Cerescan can make a positive difference in the lives of current and former athletes.

Snippet of The Fan Charlotte Sports Radio 610 AM Interview:

Mark Yarbro: Today we have with us CEO and chairman of CereScan. John, thank you for joining us. This is certainly a big week for the NFL. There is a lot of discussion about concussions in football and you are the perfect guy to bring on the show.

Frank Garcia: When you look at where this information and technology is going, I think there is a lot of unknown when it comes to concussions. I think that is what scares people involved with this sport. You are using groundbreaking technology in order to help people with these issues.

John Kelley: Frank, that’s right. The exciting part about this is that there is a tremendous amount of progress in taking classic products from GE and Siemens and now turning those to help people.  In the case of the NFL here, the hot topic is concussion.

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Where healthcare has advanced now is the software people are working with medical people and we are showing where inside of people’s brains concussions are and measuring how chronic or how bad these concussions might be. So now that you know what the problem is, then you get the chance to fix it. We are here today talking about a lot of the things that can help and maybe even repair these concussions.

Frank: When you look at some of these players when they are — sorry I don’t know a nicer way of saying this – dead to look at the CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy] developed in their brain. As a former player, I wonder what is going to be my next step to help me or some of these other guys walking around here with those symptoms and differentiating issues to find out what is wrong?

John:  Well, for sure getting Baseline [SPECT] scans. It’s no different than getting a colonoscopy or a mammography and the like, it makes a lot of sense to go baseline a brain much as you would baseline your heart or something else. That’s for sure the first step. We understand why current players may not want to know. We see that all the time. There is no question about it. We get.

However, once that’s done. It would really be nice to say “Give me a tune up or a checkup of my brain, particularly how it relates to CTE and concussion. What do I have? I’m 40-years-old. What am I faced with? We are in a position now – and others will be too — to say, here’s where it’s at. What do we do about it?”

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Frank: We’ve seen a lot of concussions in the NFL. How much of that is due to awareness and how much of that is due to the knowledge we have to diagnosis a concussion?

John:  You know, I can’t speak to those numbers going up, but I will use the military as an example. Concussion diagnosis has gone up in the military, so it’s logical to me that is the result of better observation and they are probably more keenly aware of what a concussion might be. And I think a lot of players are raising their hands and going, “Well, wait a minute. Let’s step back here.” So I think my view as an outsider is there’s been a natural rise because of their awareness programs. I’ll give the NFL credit for that one.

Mark: You know we had Bill Romanowski on earlier and I remember Frank asking him “How are you feeling?” Bill goes, “Oh great. Everything is fine!” And there probably are a lot of guys walking around thinking they are fine and are those the guys you are trying to reach? Just because you feel fine 5 or 10 years after football, doesn’t mean you can’t and shouldn’t check it out…

For John’s full interview with WFNZ Sports Radio, click here.

For John’s radio interview with 620 WDAE Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio, click here.