Boost Medical Group Glossary
A helpful reference of both commonly used industry and Boost Medical proprietary terms
AMA – The American Medical Association, founded in 1847, is the largest and only national association, including 190+ state and specialty medical societies. For over 50 years, the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment have been the trusted source that physicians, patients, and regulators rely on for fair and consistent impairment rating guidance and tools. More than 40 states rely on the AMA Guides as the accepted authority to asses and rate permanent loss of function.
AOMSI – Alteration of segment integrity (AOMSI) is one of the highest and most severe trauma injuries recognized by the AMA in auto accidents. The severe trauma causes damage to the ligaments and supporting structures of the spine.
Brain Function Index – BFI is a brain electrical activity-based algorithm for assessing brain function impairment, obtained from the same EEG recording used to compute the Structural Injury Classifier. It can aid in early clinical diagnosis of concussion and referrals.
Brainview – Brainview is a headset device that features neurocognitive testing, EEG-based capabilities, structural injury classifying and a brain function index, a starting point for eliminating disputes, denials and delays in a personal injury case.
Case Valuation – For a plaintiff, the value or “worth” of the case is the maximum amount of monetary damages they can realistically expect to recover if they win at trial.
Concussion – A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury – or TBI – caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head ad brain to move rapidly back and forth.
Concussion Index – The concussion index (CI) is an objective multimodal AI-derived algorithm with brain electrical activity at its core. It aids in the clinical diagnosis of concussion.
CT Scan – A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body.
Demand Letter – A demand letter, letter of demand, or letter before claim, is a letter outlining the dispute between two opposing parties and demanding that the recipient of the letter take a specific action.
Digitized Concussion Assessment – Includes assessments commonly used by clinicians to assess head-injured patients.
EYE-SYNC – EyeSync is an FDA-approved virtual reality device that measures brain performance by analyzing eye movements. This information can be used to screen for concussions in real-time.
Facet Injury – Facet joint injury and syndrome is an arthritis-like condition of the spine that can be a significant source of back and neck pain. It is caused by degenerative changes to the joints between the spine bones.
FDA Clearance – A company with FDA clearance has demonstrated that its drug or biological product is safe and effective for its intended use and can manufacture the product to federal quality standards.
Full EEG – An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a recording of brain activity. During this painless test, small sensors are attached to the scalp to pick up the electrical signals produced by the brain. These signals are recorded by a machine and are examined by a doctor.
Impairment Rating – An impairment rating is a percentage intended to represent the degree of an individual’s impairment, which is a deviation from one’s normal health status and functionality. This is typically a number between 0-100.
Injury Severity Score – The Injury Severity Score (ISS) is an assessment of trauma severity. It correlates with mortality, morbidity and hospitalization time after trauma. It is used to define the term major trauma, which has a score of greater than 15.
Intracranial Brain Injury – Intracranial brain injury is another term for traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Ligament Injury – Ligaments are cords of tough, flexible fibrous tissue that connect bones and provide joint support. While ligaments are extremely strong, an awkward stretch or twist can cause strain injuries. With enough force, they can be torn, which is the most severe ligament injury.
Ligament Laxity – Loss of functional stability between two adjacent vertebrae. Ligament laxity is an objective clinical finding based on mathematical models rather than opinion.
MMI – Once a doctor tells a patient that their condition has reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), it means they have reached the point at which further improvement is not possible.
MRI – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the body’s anatomy and physiological processes. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body.
mTBI – Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is also known as a concussion.
Neurocognitive Testing – Neurocognitive testing is a way to measure brain function non-invasively. It uses paper-and-pencil or computerized tests to assess important aspects of cognition, including attention, memory, language, reaction time and perception.
Oculomotor Impairment – Oculomotor impairment or oculomotor dysfunction is a medical condition in which the eyes are unable to work together while tracking. The oculomotor system has representation in all brain lobes, making eye movements easily impaired due to TBI.
Peer-Reviewed – This is the evaluation of work by one or more people with similar competencies as the producers of the work. It functions as a form of self-regulation by qualified members of a profession within the relevant field.
Physiological Biomarkers – Biomarkers are measurable and quantifiable biological parameters that indicate a particular physiological state. In a medical context, a biomarker is a substance whose detection indicates a particular disease state or a response to a therapeutic intervention.
Rapid EEG – The rapid EEG is the first of its kind and provides real-time awareness of harmful brain patterns that do not produce observable signs in the patient and can only be diagnosed using an EEG.
Structural Injury Classifier – Structural Injury Classifier (SIC) is an EEG-based brain injury assessment that provides clinicians with objective results that indicate the likelihood of a structural brain injury being present or visible on a CT scan.
Subject Evaluations – A subject evaluation is a process of collecting and analyzing information about a person and facilitating judgments about the success and value of an intervention.
SyncThink – SyncThink is a device that offers a comparable set of data points to combat defensive insurers, including digitized concussion assessments, ocular motor impairment testing and vestibular balance dysfunction analysis.
TBI – Traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. An object that goes through brain tissue, such as a bullet or shattered piece of skull, also can cause TBI. More serious TBI can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain, leading to long-term complications.
Unfair Claims – Unfair claims practice is the improper avoidance of a claim by an insurer or an attempt to reduce the size of a claim. An insurer tries to reduce its costs by engaging in unfair claims practices. However, this is illegal in many jurisdictions.
Vestibular Balance Dysfunction – Dizziness and vertigo are vestibular balance dysfunction or disorder symptoms. Balance disorders are more common as you get older, and common causes of vestibular balance dysfunction are medicines, infections, TBI, and inner ear problems.
VMA – Vertebral Motion Analysis (VMA) is an FDA-cleared system for assessing lumbar and cervical spinal motion. It’s an updated method of assessing spinal motion compared to the standard flexion and extension bending x-rays that are currently used to assess spinal motion, including instability.
X-Ray – An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of structures inside your body, particularly your bones. X-ray beams pass through your body and are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through.