BrainFORCETM mTBI Screening tool

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What is it? What does it do?

Concussions or mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mTBI) can cause a wide range of functional short or long-term changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions; with common occurrence among individuals participating in sports and military. The BrainFORCETM mTBI Screening tool is a rapid assessment test (<10 min) designed to be used in the field (athletic or battle) as the first in battery of tests to diagnose mTBI. The assessment touches on multiple cognitive functions such as concentration, predictive abilities, and fine visuomotor skills through a series of brief tests using a grip dynamometer.

BrainFORCETM 2016, MedStar Health Inc. Columbia, MD

Why is it better?

  • Portable grip dynamometer and iPad application makes the BrainFORCETM mTBI Screening tool easily deployable along the side-lines of action
  • Measures multiple manifestations of mTBI early after injury
  • Preliminary studies indicate higher accuracy for detecting mTBI compared to the Simple Reaction Test (SRT) and the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics (ANAM); two gold standard methods
  • The BrainFORCETM mTBI Screening tool may also be adapted to screen for other mild cognitive impairments (MCIs) such as early Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), intoxication and sleep deprivation (future studies required)

What is its current status?

It was tested in a cross-sectional study with clinically diagnosed mTBI--ages consistent with active battlefield duty, age matched healthy controls and age matched healthy group asked to malinger. Capable of distinguishing between the three groups; it demonstrated 90% accuracy for predicting a concussion. Two validation studies are currently underway: MedStar Washington Hospital Center ED and Towson University Lacrosse team.


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