Washington: Shock waves produced due to a bomb blast may electrify the brain and damage it, according to a new study.
The results suggest the generated electric fields could exceed electrical safety guidelines by a factor of 10. While there are numerous uncertainties at present these electric pulses could help find a new class of medical diagnostic tools for blast-induced head injuries like customized helmets.Johnson said: "We are looking into whether antennas inside the helmet could pick up the electric field generated when the blast impacts the skull, which would provide a direct measure of the head``s exposure to a blast wave.
"Eventually, the reading could be used for diagnosis," he added. "If the reading is above a certain threshold determined by injury research, the soldier could be directed to further screening and treatment - MRI scans and so on." ANI
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