In some welcome news, a new smartphone application is being developed that will spot if anyone has suffered head-trauma, and if confirmed, it will automatically send an e-mail to the patient's doctor.
The application, which currently has no name as it is still being tested, could have life-saving implications, particularly for young children and sportsmen.
AdvertisementLike a cardio-monitor, it works by asking a series of questions and then determines the likelihood of a concussion based on the user's answers, reports the Daily Mail.
The innovation is the brain child of Dr Jason Mihalik, of University of North Carolina's brain injury research centre, and Dr Justin Smith, of the U.S. Children's National Medical Center.
The core aim behind the project has been to most effectively bridge the communication gap between team doctors and the team athletic trainers, who often are the first ones to act when players suffer concussion-like symptoms.