Veterans Services

Current methodologies are insufficient to detect the subtle vestibular pathologies responsible for various physiological effects – such as headache, susceptibility to visual or motion-induced sickness, and Benign Postural Positional Vertigo – that result from battlefield blasts, blunt head strikes or other combat injuries. The Equilibrate System rapidly measures minute changes in both upper and lower body position, and maps displacement fields over time that yield comprehensive scores for dynamic alignment and sway. Integrative scoring from this quantitative output is able to detect subtle differences in vestibular function based on specific pathologies of the mTBI victim.


The Facts

  • The VHA delivers health care through 21 Veterans Integrated Services that manages 153 medical centers, 768 community-based outpatient clinics and 135 nursing homes.
  • The VHA led the way in care for traumatic brain injury (TBI).  It has developed a mandatory TBI training course for select VA health care professionals. Additionally, VHA instituted a program to screen all patients who served in the combat theaters of Afghanistan or Iraq for TBI.
  • Currently, 19.5% of theater personnel deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan suffer concussion or other minor traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
  • In acute cases, 90% exhibit balance dysfunction (i.e. about one out of every six total deployed). Recently the Office of Secretary of Defense has specified a severe need for more sensitive vestibular tests for non-invasive detection, diagnosis and treatment of
    balance pathologies.
  • In acute cases, 90% exhibit balance dysfunction (i.e. 1 in 6 deployed)

Concussion in MILITARY/COMBAT PERSONNEL

Currently, 19% of theater personnel deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan suffer concussion or other minor traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The Secretary of Defense has specified a severe need for more sensitive vestibular tests for non-invasive detection, diagnosis, and treatment of balance pathologies. Current methodologies are insufficient to detect the subtle vestibular pathologies such as headache,  susceptibility to visual or motion-induced sickness and Benign Postural Positional Vertigo, conditions that result from battlefield blasts, blunt head strikes or other combat injuries.

Our Solution:

Equilibrate rapidly measures minute changes in both upper and lower body position, and maps displacement fields over time that yield comprehensive scores for dynamic alignment and sway. Our unique, light and portable system makes it ideal for deployment anywhere and the continuous data generation capability provides invaluable diagnostic and treatment data for our soldiers both in the field and when they return home. Watch Equilibrate in Action.

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