Infrascanner Model 2000 Can Detect Brain Bleeding

January 23, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The most traumatic accident that could happen, I suppose, is to one’s head. About 10 million people around the world seek treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI).

It is said that TBI would become the world’s third leading cause of death and disability by 2020.

The Infrascanner Model 2000 is a portable intracranial hematoma detector that could possibly reduce the death rate by detecting potential internal bleeding in the brain. The device has been approved for both military and civilian use by the FDA.


The handheld uses near-infrared (NIR tech) on eight different points in the brain. In a hematoma, the concentration of hemoglobin is higher than in normal brain tissue, and thus they absorb NIR light differently.

The device looks for this difference in absorption. The device was made by InfraScan, and it can be used for monitoring hospitalized patients with head injuries, screening of intoxicated patients where neurological evaluation is difficult or unreliable, screening for mass-casualty events such as bomb blasts, fast triage in ambulances and in determining whether to evacuate players of high-contact sports such as boxing, football, soccer, and rugby.


The Model 2000 is an enhanced version from its predecessor, Model 1000. It has integrated processing control and also displays functions into the device instead of making use of a separate sensor and PDA.

Moreover, the new model is ruggedized so as to bear tough treatment and can also be used with AA batteries instead of getting hooked on to a rechargeable power pack. Civilians can buy the Infrascanner 2000 through medLogic and US military customers can get it through ADS Medical.

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