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
Contract: W81XWH-09-C-0126
Agency Tracking Number: O091-H04-3076
Amount: $99,662.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
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
DUNS: 622780781
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Albert Rizzo
 Research Scientist
 (310) 301-5018
 arizzo@usc.edu
Business Contact
 Eric Wright
Title: Proposal Manager
Phone: (407) 381-7797
Email: 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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