Ignite Award Winner: The Infrascanner helped the Marines save a life

The Infrascanner 2000, winner of the Ignite Lifesaving Innovation Award, has a success story that drew us in immediately. The InfraScanner was being field tested in Afghanistan and Iraq when an Afghan boy was brought to a Marines doctor. His sister had insisted on bringing him after the boy was at the scene of the suicide improvised explosive device. On preliminary examination, a small laceration was found on his head. However, when a positive measurement came back upon examination with the Infrascanner, the boy was quickly evacuated to Kandahar for a full CT scan. The scan revealed a skull fracture and frontal lobe hematoma. Such a serious diagnoses required surgery, which the boy received and to which he responded well.

The Infrascanner, previously profiled in Fortune magazine,¬†solves the problems of intracranial hematomas, which occur often–approximately 40% of the time–during head injuries, and are usually treatable within a time frame, but are extremely hard to diagnose without a large, expensive CT scan. In a combat arena especially, such a machine is hard to come by and impossible to lug around, but very, very necessary.

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