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Software Made For The Military Is Being Used By The NFL To Diagnose Brain Injuries

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software platform originally developed with funding from the Defense Department and America’s intelligence agencies is now being used for a novel purpose: Diagnosing traumatic brain injuries.Ayasdi, one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies for big data, is collaborating with the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, GE, and the National Football League to develop novel ways of visualizing neurotrauma. If it works, doctors will have a new way of visualizing what happens when brain injuries occur.

Devi Ramanan, a program director at Ayasdi who is working on traumatic brain injury research, explained to Co.Labs that the company's main product, a topological data platform which generates 3-D models of extremely complicated data sets, is being used to find more granular diagnoses of injuries. Ayasdi and their partners hope to identify specific kinds of traumatic brain injury that can eventually be pegged to different treatment options. Essentially, their hope is that software platforms will find small differences that a human researcher couldn’t.

As far as I'm concerned, anything that helps with understanding the brain is a good thing.

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