February 2nd, 2012

First-of-its-kind head patch monitors brain blood flow and oxygen

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A research team led by investigators at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found that a small device worn on a patient's brow can be useful in monitoring stroke patients in the hospital. The device measures blood oxygen, similar to a pulse oximeter, which is clipped onto a finger. "About one-third of stroke patients in the hospital suffer another stroke, and we have few options for constantly monitoring patients for such recurrences," says the study's senior investigator, neurocritical care specialist William Freeman, M.D., an associate professor of neurology at Mayo Clinic.

Medical Xpress, 02/01/2012

Additional coverage: Times of India, Toronto Telegraph, BioPortfolio, Arab Herald

Tags: Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, monitoring stroke patients, neurocritical care specialist, Neurology, pulse oximeter, Research, William Freeman

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