What is the ClearEdge Brain Health Toolkit?
ClearEdge is a toolkit with devices that assess balance and cognitive function, as well as collects your symptoms and injury history.  Its devices are very sensitive to subtle changes in balance and cognitive efficiency- in other words it will indicate if there has been a statistically significant functional change in your balance and/or cognition. The ClearEdge Toolkit offers baseline and post-event testing; allowing healthcare providers the ability to compare post-event tests with healthy baseline tests to assess brain health and help determine treatment and recovery recommendations.
 
How does the ClearEdge Toolkit work?
The ClearEdge tablet collects patient information, injury history, and symptoms. An Edge Sensor (wireless inertial measurement unit worn on the patient’s lower back) collects and transmits objective balance data to the tablet. Proprietary software analyzes and creates clinical reports for immediate review including both cognitive and balance activity.
 
How is the ClearEdge data used?
  • Detects and monitors cognitive indicators of brain disorders including concussions
  • Helps guide Return to Play and Return to Learn decisions
  • Tracks cognitive function and balance over time
  • Provides HIPAA-compliant baseline reports for parents and healthcare providers
What are the benefits of getting a baseline test?
According the CDC, pre-season baseline testing is a good way to assess balance and brain function by providing a basis for comparison in the event of a suspected concussion. The CDC, NCAA, and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) have identified symptoms, cognitive function, and balance as important components of baseline concussion assessment.  
 
How do I schedule a baseline test?
Select an arrival time in advance of your baseline test by clicking on a participating center under the Locations tab above. Baseline tests are only available at these select DFW-area MedSpring centers in KellerPresidio Vista - Ft Worth and Richardson.
 
How do I get a copy of my baseline test results?
Baseline test results are securely stored in the ClearEdge Portal and are only accessible by clinically trained ClearEdge healthcare providers. Baseline tests are used to compare brain health prior to an injury and after an injury, and there is no “score” that is assessed as part of a baseline. Providers will access results of the baseline only in the case that the patient has an injury.
 
If I did not have a baseline test performed at MedSpring, can I still be seen if I have a suspected concussion or head injury?
YES!  Although it is optimal to be able to compare brain health pre- and post-injury, concussion testing may still be performed to determine brain health post-injury even if there is no baseline. In most cases, insurance does cover post-injury concussion testing.
 
What is ClearEdge DANA?
ClearEdge DANA is a FDA cleared Class II medical device that provides clinicians with objective measurements of reaction time (speed and accuracy) to aid in the assessment of an individual’s medical/psychological state. It has been well-studied, and has very good test-retest reliability and sensitivity to various cognitive-related conditions that affect the measurement of reaction time including, but not limited to, concussion, head injury, insomnia, PTSD, depression, ADHH, and dementia.
 
What is ClearEdge Motion?
ClearEdge Motion is a FDA listed Class I medical device.  It is intended to measure variations in the patient’s approximate center of mass over time to assess postural stability during a series of tasks. ClearEdge Motion assesses the following 3 sensory inputs: 
  • Vision: To challenge the patient’s vision, four of the balance tests are tested with eye open while the other four are conducted with eyes closed.
  • Vestibular:  To challenge the inner ear system; four of the balance tests are conducted in a tandem stance, or heel-to-toe stance, with the dominant foot forward.     
  • Proprioception:  To challenge the body’s sense of position and ability to react to stimulation in different positions; four of the balance tests are tested on a firm surface, while the other four are conducted on a foam surface to challenge proprioception.