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New Goggles Can Distinguish Between Stroke and Ear Infection

An article in The Washington Post reports that new goggles can be used to aid emergency room doctors in distinguishing whether patient symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, or nausea are resulting from a stroke or an ear infection. The device can cut down on the use of a “pricey imaging test such as a CT scan or an MRI.” The goggles use “a motion sensor for the head and a high-speed camera that records eye movements.” If an eye “does not react to a specific head motion with its usual reflex,” then doctors can determine that it is most likely the result of an infection in the inner ear. In a study, the goggles have shown 100 percent accuracy, but they are not yet approved for “dizzy patients in the ER.”

Read it in The Washington Post.