Bleeding or swelling of the brain due to head trauma can increase the pressure inside a patient's skull (ICP). Elevated ICP is dangerous and may be fatal if left untreated. The gold standard for measuring ICP requires a neurosurgeon to drill a hole in the patient's head and screw in a sensor. This procedure is often not performed due to the resources required and associated risks.
Recognizing this unmet need, researchers in the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery have developed a non-invasive alternative to assess elevated ICP. The technology uses an algorithm and patient database to correlate elevated ICP with an ultrasound measure of blood flow in the brain.
Neural Analytics is building RapidICP, a hand-held head trauma screening tool that encapsulates this technology. RapidICP will target a domestic total addressable market of $2B including first responders, the military and various clinical settings.