Mayo Clinic, Northern Arizona University Test Telemedicine Robot

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The Mayo Clinic has partnered with Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., to test a robot intended to enable remote diagnoses of concussions in football players.

The robot allows players with suspected concussions to be seen by Mayo Clinic neurologists in Phoenix, miles away. The neurologist will be able to assess symptoms and consult with the medical staff present at the game.

"Athletes at professional and collegiate levels have lobbied for access to neurologic expertise on the sideline. As we seek new and innovative ways to provide the highest level of concussion care and expertise, we hope that teleconcussion can meet this need and give athletes at all levels immediate access to concussion experts," said Mayo Clinic neurologist Bert Vargas, MD, in the release.

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