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World-first direct to consumer brain scans promise better detection of injury

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The world’s first, non-invasive, direct to consumer brain scans are now being delivered in Birmingham, promising better detection of concussion, brain injury and neurological conditions.

Brain health technology company MYndspan has opened its first brain health centre in Birmingham, becoming the first company in the world to bring non-invasive Magnetoencephalography (MEG) directly to consumers.

MEG is the most advanced method of recording and evaluating the brain while it is actively functioning but has typically been accessible only in research and clinical trial settings.

MYndspan’s technology, informed by 35 years of research and over 300 peer-reviewed studies, is showing promise in the early detection of neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, and better detection of invisible brain injuries, such as concussions and PTSD.

The brain health assessment process involves interactive games on an iPad to test cognitive function, followed by a non-invasive 10-minute MEG scan.

MEG is an imaging technique that measures ongoing brain activity on a millisecond-by-millisecond basis. MEG scans are silent, with no applied magnetic fields, radiation, or injections of any kind. After the scan, patients receive a breakdown of their results within 24 hours.

“Opening these doors is a historic milestone in brain health empowerment,” said MYndspan co-founder & CEO, Caitlin Baltzer.

“We are uniquely positioned at the centre of many converging trends in healthcare, from an increased interest in preventive health to patients taking more ownership over their wellbeing. We are just beginning to understand the impact of lifestyle choices on brain health and preventing future disease, and MYndspan is excited to play a role in helping shape the future of healthcare.”

MYndspan’s technology helps better detect concussions and other brain injuries for both athletes and the general population, giving people individualised data about their brains to help assist with a safe return to sport and activity, minimising the risk of further brain damage and prolonging their careers and improving quality of life.

Former England and Rugby World Cup winner, Simon Shaw MBE, and neuroscientist and author, Dr Dean Burnett, are amongst the early trial users at the Birmingham centre.

“We are proud to be early supporters of MYndspan and have seen firsthand the potential of this technology to help those suffering from brain health issues, including concussions,” said Dr Emer MacSweeney, a leading neuroradiologist and founder and CEO of Re:Cognition Health, which has integrated MYndspan into its concussion pathway.

“Like MYndspan, we are committed to changing the future of brain and mind health by both helping to find a cure for a variety of diseases and improving how we understand and treat concussions.”

You can book a scan at MYndspan’s Birmingham brain health centre or join the waitlist for their upcoming clinic locations here.

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