A brain-scan helmet could transform the way dementia and concussions are detected, and it’s made by a Boulder company

A brain-scan helmet could transform the way dementia and concussions are detected, and it’s made by a Boulder company

If you are a person who goes to the doctor for regular checkups, you’re familiar with the routine: measurements are taken for height, weight, blood pressure. The physician listens to your heart and lungs; peers into your ears, nose and throat; maybe draws blood to measure cholesterol. Separate practitioners check your eyes and teeth.

But who regularly looks after your brain?

Boulder-based WAVi would like to make brain scans a normal part of a physical examination by making an affordable, quick and easy test to measure its performance. The company has received regulatory approval for a helmet to do just that, and will soon apply for the same for its compatible software.

The helmet, embedded with EEG electrodes, determines brain speed and power by having a patient perform a set of auditory and visual tests, measuring brain activity during the tasks. The set will sell to doctors for $3,000; patients will pay $30 for the test. That compares to a national average cost of $200 to $700 for an EEG, or $1,200 for brain CT scan.

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