USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

Medical Trauma Assessment Through the Use of Smart Textile

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Science, Math, and Engineering, Inc
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01820
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: Medical Trauma Assessment Through the Use of Smart Textile
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $99,755.00


Survival rates for medical trauma caused either in the military battlefield or at a civilian injury scene decrease dramatically if treatment is delayed for more than one hour. The ability to remotely sense and assess the severity of wounds would enhance support decisions to plan and manage overall responses. The objective in Phase I is to design a smart textile capable of being remotely interrogated for open wound information. The smart textile would be comprised of currently available clothing fabric embedded with conducting fibers that act as radar antennas. An open wound, manifesting itself as a tear in the smart textile comprising the wounded's clothing, would be remotely sensed by an illuminating radar for the level of wound severity. Gauze, used to dress wounds, containing smart textile could also be remotely sensed supplying advanced medical information on partially treated trauma cases. A dual-use application of smart textiles would exist for both the military combat soldier and for civilian authorities such as the police and firefighters. Anticipated Benefits: Research and development on the design of a medical smart textile would produce dual-use benefits to the military and civilian sector through the creation of a fabric capable of relating the medical condition of the wearer.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Burns

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Science, Math & Engineering,
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No