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Microwave Helmet Could Speed Up Stroke Diagnosis And Treatment

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A helmet that bounces microwaves off the brain could become a critical tool for quickly diagnosing and treating strikes. The helmet was invented by Swedish researchers and can be used when a patient is being taken to the hospital.

The microwaves emitted by the helmet can determine whether a patient has actually suffered a stroke and whether it involved bleeding in the brain or a blood clot. Speeding up the process could improve the chances of more stroke patients recovering from sudden bleeding or a blood clot on the brain. That’s significant because the brain damage caused by strokes leaves many patients with speech and memory problems.

 

[Metro Networks]

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