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"VIPS: Time Is Brain" - Margot Kim

  • ABC News
  • NEW YORK, NY
  • (2017-12-06 00:00:00.0)

Researchers are testing a new wearable device that can recognize serious strokes. By identifying these patients quickly, first responders can direct them immediately to hospitals that offer advanced emergency care they need to survive. Christopher Kellner, MD, director of the intracerebral hemorrhage program at Mount Sinai and assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is testing a device that can relay whether a patient is having a major stroke. It’s called volumetric integral phase-shift spectroscopy (VIPS). “The VIPS device is like an EKG for the brain, except it’s much more accurate than an EKG is,” said Dr. Kellner.  The VIPS is a visor that emits radiofrequency waves. When it's placed on the head, it detects any differences between the two sides of the brain, indicating a major blockage. Researchers say putting VIPS in the hands of first responders, and on the heads of patients, could soon save time and lives.

- Christopher P. Kellner, MD, Director, Intracerebral Hemorrhage Program at Mount Sinai, Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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