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STTR Phase I: Portable Ultrasound Devices for Noninvasively Monitoring…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88529
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
0810614
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Boston Applied Technologies, Inc.
6F Gill Street Woburn, MA 01801-1721
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: STTR Phase I: Portable Ultrasound Devices for Noninvasively Monitoring Intracranial Pressure
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0810614
Award Amount: $149,959.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project develops a portable ultrasound device for non-invasively monitoring intracranial pressure (ICP). The key issues for developing such a kind of device are sensitivity, accuracy, repeatability, and portability. Boston Applied Technologies, Incorporated (BATi)and the University of Florida (UF) will develop such an instrument with a novel ultrasound measurement technique. With the improved measurement approach, better sensitivity can be achieved comparing to those measuring of acoustic velocity only, and higher accuracy will be expected than the time-of-flight method. This unique method is also independent to any changes in the pulser voltage, instrument self-calibration is thus inherently feasible. Together with the design and implementation of an efficient electronic driving circuit for ultrasound transducers, the developed non-invasive ICP measurement instrument will be sensitive, accurate, reliable, and portable. The broader impacts of this research are to greatly benefit victims of trauma to the head by improved means of measurement ICP. The potential for this apparatus in commercial clinical practice is enormous. Early non-invasive measurements of ICP can help reduce both the mortality and morbidity associated with head trauma. A severe blow to the head, as may result from a car or motorcycle accident, may cause swelling of the brain and increased intracranial pressure. The device can also be used in civilian and military emergency departments/forward surgical team/combat support hospitals, and with military and civilian medical irst responders.

Principal Investigator:

Hongzhi Zhao
DEng
7819352800
hzhao@bostonati.com

Business Contact:

Hongzhi Zhao
DEng
7819352800
hzhao@bostonati.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Boston Applied Technologies, Incorporated
6F Gill Street Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 510414999
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Florida
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
Contact: Roslyn Olseno
Contact Phone: (352) 392-9447
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university