VOMS is a tool designed by the experts at UPMC to detect signs and symptoms of a concussion.
It stands for vestibular ocular motor screening and looks at the systems in charge of integrating balance, vision, and movement.
The VOMS test needs little equipment — just a tape measure and a metronome. But research shows it's 90% accurate in diagnosing people with concussion.
It's a reliable and consistent tool for concussion diagnosis when combined with:
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The screening tests for five areas of vestibular (balance) and ocular (vision) motor impairment:
The VOMS test takes 5 to 10 minutes and may help us detect problems that other tests, like the following, don't always find:
Once thought useful in diagnosing concussion, these tests focus just on balance, potentially missing vital issues.
Pinpointing balance and vision motor problems early can help us treat people sooner.
Used with other measures, VOMS helps identify concussion so we can design the best course of treatment.
The experts at UPMC developed and use the evidence-based VOMS test.
Our research found that:
The VOMS isolates and properly assesses these areas to help us better manage concussions.
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