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A Novel Portable Apparatus for Noninvasively Measuring Bone Density

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: A Novel Portable Apparatus for Noninvasively Measuring Bone Density
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC07QA83P
Award Amount: $99,952.00


The bone loss associated with extended space missions in astronaut represents a serious health threat, both over the flight period and upon returning to gravitational fields. Continuously monitoring bone qualities during prolonged space missions will lead to a better understanding of the progressive adaptation of bone loss in astronauts subject to both microgravity and aging, and the ensuing musculoskeletal complications such as osteoporosis. In this proposal, Boston Applied Technologies Incorporated (BATi), collaborated with University of Florida, proposes a portable and noninvasive ultrasound measurement apparatus for rapid assessment of human bone densities. With our unique approach and algorithm, the proposed device will have greater measurement accuracy and sensitivity than those of other noninvasive techniques. In addition, the self-calibration feature of the instrument will assure the diagnostic methodology to be accurate, fast, and simple.

Principal Investigator:

Hongzhi Zhao
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Yingyin K. Zou
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Boston Applied Technologies, Inc.
6F Gill Street Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 510414999
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Florida
339 Weil Hall, P.O. Box 116550
Gainesville, FL 32611 6500
Contact Phone: (352) 392-9447
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university