February 15, 2021

CCMB Affiliate Faculty Member, Fred Korley, Quoted in ABC News Story

In a world first, a newly authorized handheld device will allow doctors to detect traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in under 15 minutes, potentially saving lives by dramatically shortening the time it takes to properly diagnose the issue.

The device is made by Abbott, a medical device company based in the United States.

Independent experts interviewed by ABC News agreed that this test for the brain may chart a new era in medical care for patients with TBI.

“I think this is groundbreaking. The first time we are able to assess brain health using a blood test,” said Dr. Frederick Korley, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, a Michigan Concussion Center faculty member, and an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics.

“So many times people have to wait for these scans, causing longer lengths of stay in the ER, which is especially problematic in the COVID era,” Korley, the University of Michigan Medical School professor, said.