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He tucked the CereTom behind a curtain and asked each boxer that night to step in for a quick exam after his bout.Then something appeared in the scan of a boxer named Lorenzo Bethea, something that would never have been detected in a regular examination. There was blood on the brain that if unnoticed and untreated could well have killed Bethea. An ambulance was dispatched, a stretcher rolled in, and Bethea survived."Why was Lorenzo bleeding, and no one else was?" asked Bailey, a physician and chief executive of NeuroLogica Corp., a medical supply company.No one knows. But the Las Vegas incident intrigued enough teams in the NFL that two — the Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts — have agreed to use the CereTom in their home stadiums. 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The following day, Kitna said he felt no effects from the head trauma.The NFL held a symposium on the subject in Chicago late in the spring and required every team to send its trainers and team doctors. It is requiring teams to compile baseline tests on all players, and hopes players will report their coaches and trainers if they feel they are being pushed back to action too soon after suffering a head injury by calling a hotline number.As a consequence, teams are scrambling to find new and innovative ways to deal with head injuries. At least one other team has admitted looking at the discount Aldrick Robinson Womens Mens Youth Jersey authentic elite limited game Redskins Jerseys CereTom but has so far not made the move to install it. 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