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Ultrasensitive In Vivo Bone Lead Spectometer

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
22209
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
22209
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Atlantex Corp.
240 Dr. Martin L. King Bouleva Newark, NJ 07102
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: Ultrasensitive In Vivo Bone Lead Spectometer
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

The aim is to develop a highly accurate non-invasive determination of lead in bone by means of a sophisticated multistage signal processing technique, which is driven by case-based reasoning and a hybrid neural network. The validity and processing gain of the method shall be proven on Atlantex ln-Vivo Lead Spectrometer (INVILS) data. The objective is to allow INVILS to quantify lead spectral peaks more accurately with less data. This will reduce x-ray exposure and allow accurate measurement at low lead levels where prior systems were unable to measure. The signal processing algorithm will be composed of four stages: a noise filter, a peak locator, a neural network peak identifier, and a case-based expert system for peak ratios enhancement. The research will also prototype a user friendly window-driven interface. This will enable future versions of INVILS to be employed at different locations such as hospitals, clinics, factories, etc. The device will supplement the use of blood-lead tests and will largely replace the use of provocative chelation testing. INVILS will be used for screening children at high risk of lead poisoning, industrially exposed workers, and for certain classes of the general population, such as those suffering from renal disease.

Principal Investigator:

Bonnie Schnitta
5163241300

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Atlantex Corp.
240 Dr. Martin L. King Bouleva Newark, NJ 07102

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No