UMC Foundation Purchases New Technology For Scherr-Legate Trauma Center

According to the Center for Disease Control, every 23 seconds a traumatic brain injury occurs in the United States. In El Paso, Level 1 Trauma injuries are taken to Scherr-Legate Trauma Center at University Medical Center of El Paso.

Thanks to UMC Foundation, Scherr Legate Trauma Center is launching new technology, BrainScope, for patients with traumatic brain injuries. 

“The BrainScope is the newest edition that UMC Foundation has helped us obtain,” states Eric Johansen, Director of Emergency Services at UMC of El Paso. “UMC will be 1 of 10 centers in the country to be using this cutting edge technology.”


BrainScope measures activity associated with concussions. “Right now, the standard therapy of treatment for a patient that has suffered a brain injury is to give them a C.T. scan,” said Dr. Bradford Ray, Director of Blood Management for UMC of El Paso. “A CT means investing a lot of energy and very expensive. This device reduces a lot of energy that goes into the brain, and you get a result very, very quickly.” BrainScope can give a prognosis in 5 to 6 minutes, reducing valuable for treatment, time in case the patient has bleeding in the brain.

Thanks to University Medical Center Foundation, UMC of El Paso is the only hospital with BrainScope in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. This piece of equipment has recently been FDA approved. 

It is expected BrainScope will diagnose and care for up to 6,000 patients a year at UMC’s Scherr Legate Trauma Center. Brainscope was made possible through a generous gift from Scherr Legate Law.