Marines bring life-saving medical tech to front lines

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Emphasizing that the successful treatment of war-time injuries mostly depends on “timely diagnosis and intervention,” the Marine Corps is bringing new potentially life-saving technology to the front lines, according to a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The Marine Corps Systems Command says the tool, an Infrascanner, is a portable, medical diagnostic device that “provides early detection of intracranial hematomas.”

A hematoma is a bleeding within the skull that easily can be fatal if not detected early.

“The handheld device uses near-infrared light – invisible light that is nearly visible to the naked eye – to effectively check for intracranial hematomas on different parts of the skull. With the device, medical personnel at battalion aid stations can quickly assess Marines who may have suffered a head injury,” the Marines said in a report of the advance.

The conditions can follow common situations, such as a Marine falling and hitting his or her head or by being too close to a blast.

“Intracranial hematomas – if gone untreated – can put pressure on the brain, causing potential brain damage or even death,” explained Mark Urrutic of the MCSC.

He’s a retired Navy chief hospital corpsman and knows the scenarios Marines face that can lead to …read more

Source:: World Net Daily