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UK doctors working on portable stroke scanner

Evan Blass
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Stroke victims may soon have a better chance at survival or recovery thanks to a new device being developed at University College London. Dr. Alistair McEwan and his team are working on a portable brain scanner that will be Bluetooth-enabled in order to exchange info directly with a computer on board an ambulance. The scanner uses a new imaging technique known as electrical impedence tomography to detect abnormalities in the brain and differentiate between different types of strokes. No word yet on when we may spot our local EMTs sporting this new gear.

[Via the wireless weblog]

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