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US Navy developing a smart armor that can detect brain injuries after explosion.
15:38 17 January 2017
The US Navy is developing a smart armor called Blast Load Assessment Sense and Test (BLAST) that detects brain injuries in soldiers who have been exposed to blast pressure and shock waves.
The technology uses coin-sized sensors placed in helmets and body armor that gathers data that could help medical officials determine whether the soldier can return to the field or seek medical attention.
Dr. Timothy Bentley, a program manager overseeing the research for ONR's Warfighter Performance Department, said: 'A system like BLAST is vitally important because it can help recognize the signs of TBI early and tell warfighters they might need medical attention,'
'This reduces the likelihood of someone enduring multiple blasts and suffering more serious brain injury.
'BLAST also is unique for its unique suite of technology.'
Dr. Laila Zai, a scientist with ARA, a research and engineering company helping to develop BLAST's algorithm and neurofunctional assessment tool, said: 'Together, the components of BLAST can enable us to designate a pressure threshold number for when someone is at risk for TBI and needs to stand down for more advanced testing or medical care,'
'Think of a speedometer. Whether you're going too fast or slow depends on road conditions, and is indicated by the speed limit. BLAST determines a safe 'speed' for the brain.'