Near Infrared Optical Scanner – IP 1328

Florida International University (FIU) is seeking a business partner to develop and commercialize a Near Infrared Optical Scanner used for hemodynamic imaging, pulse monitoring, and mapping spatio-temporal features. For patients suffering from a variety of injuries or disease states such as ulcers, wounds caused by amputations, ischemia, peripheral vascular diseases, etc., monitoring a patient’s pulse and/or blood flow at or near an afflicted area may provide valuable insight for clinicians. Traditionally, Pulse oximeters are used for obtaining pulse at finger/top tips and are not able to monitor pulse at the site of blood flow constrictions or regions of wound/ulcers. They do not provide any information regarding a patient’s blood flow or spatio-temporal features. Although, there are optical devices that measure the hemodynamics of a given region, the scanner developed at FIU can non-invasively provide hemodynamic changes over large tissues, as well as monitor pulse at every point in the imaged region; making it a visual oximeter. The scanner can extract spatio-temporal features that can differentiate different types of tissues in the imaged regions. The technology also allows to extract other tissue information (aside from hemodynamic information) if wavelengths other than those related to hemodynamic information are selected for illumination of a tissue region. Shantanu Balkundi 305-348-8061

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