Development of Virtual Reality Tools for Assessment of Return-to-Duty Status following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,662.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W81XWH-09-C-0126
Agency Tracking Number:
O091-H04-3076
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD09-H04
Solicitation Number:
2009.1
Small Business Information
Jardon & Howard Technologies Incorporate
13501 Ingenuity Drive, Suite 300, Orlando, FL, 32826
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
622780781
Principal Investigator:
Albert Rizzo
Research Scientist
(310) 301-5018
arizzo@usc.edu
Business Contact:
Eric Wright
Proposal Manager
(407) 381-7797
ewright@jht.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Existing Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) clinical assessment techniques typically fail to assess the ability to execute functional tasks incorporating whole-body movements. Therefore, there is a significant need for a low-cost Virtual Reality (VR) based assessment tool incorporating military relevant cognitive and whole body movement testing parameters to accurately assess a service member’s ability to return to duty in the presence of a mTBI. To that end, JHT, Inc. has initiated the development of a VR game-based patient assessment system. In the Phase I Program proposed here JHT’s will demonstrate the feasibility, defined as low-cost, portable and rapid implementation, of the proposed system and processes. The goal of this Phase I research is to development a functionally relevant whole body movement VR tool which will evaluate physical and cognitive tasks in a high fidelity environment. The proposed effort incorporates real-world, military relevant activities combining physical and cognitive demands in a game based environment. A number of performance metrics presented as cognitive and physically demanding tasks will be evaluated in a virtual environment to ascertain the optimal sequencing, formatting and presentation needed to effectively assess the level of mTBI in a patient.

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