Emphasizing that the successful treatment of war-time injuries mostly depends on “timely diagnosis and intervention,” the Marine Corps is bringing new potentially life-saving technology to the front lines, according to a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The Marine Corps Systems Command says the tool, an Infrascanner, is a portable, medical diagnostic device that “provides early detection of intracranial hematomas.”
A hematoma is a bleeding within the skull that easily can be fatal if not detected early.
“The handheld device uses near-infrared light – invisible light that is nearly visible to the naked eye – to effectively check for intracranial hematomas on different parts of the skull. With the device, medical personnel at battalion aid stations can quickly assess Marines who may have suffered a head injury,” the Marines said in a report of the advance.
The conditions can follow common situations, such as a Marine falling and hitting his or her head or by being too close to a blast.
“Intracranial hematomas – if gone untreated – can put pressure on the brain, causing potential brain damage or even death,” explained Mark Urrutic of the MCSC.
He’s a retired Navy chief hospital corpsman and knows the scenarios Marines face that can lead to this type of injury.
“Because serious brain injuries can sometimes be asymptomatic, meaning there are no outward signs of injury and those injured report feeling ‘fine,’ it is important to detect these types of injuries quickly,” the Marine report said.