As part of a longstanding partnership with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will exhibit leading medical breakthroughs in the MOHAP booth at the annual Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, which is taking place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre this week. Among the innovations designed to benefit children, the booth will showcase CHOP’s innovative diagnostic tools to assess head trauma in real time as an athlete is competing and experiencing injury, as part of CHOP’s Minds Matter Concussion Program.
“Today, properly diagnosing a concussion is a challenge due to a lack of objective diagnostic tests for adolescents. In recent years, researchers at CHOP have studied the body’s visio-vestibular system – the sensory system that processes spatial motion and visual information – to seek objective biomarkers for concussion that can support diagnosis and guide individualized treatment and recovery plans,” said Christina Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, FACSM, a sports medicine pediatrician with expertise in primary care sports medicine and brain injury medicine at CHOP. “Athletes all over the world need prompt concussion diagnosis and treatment for full recovery, and in order to return to their sport in top shape.”
“Concussion testing is meant to be portable such that it can be on the sideline of sporting events and be utilized to detect cerebral blood flow and possible concussive syndrome,” added Master.