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AUTOMATION OF BLOOD SMEAR PROCEDURE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
13694
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
13694
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aev Inc.
4360 Northlake Blvd #108 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: AUTOMATION OF BLOOD SMEAR PROCEDURE
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $433,157.00
 

Abstract:

THE PURPOSE OF THIS RESEARCH IS TO ESTABLISH THE FEASIBILITYOF UTILIZING COLOR COMPUTER VISION AND NEURAL NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES TO AUTOMATE THE WHITE CELL DIFFERENTIAL CURRENTLY PERFORMED BY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS. AUTOMATION OF THE MICROSCOPIC BLOOD DIFFERENTIAL PROCEDURE IS NEEDED TOIMPROVE THE ACCURACY AND CONSISTENCY OF THIS IMPORTANT PROCEDURE IN THE DETECTION OF LEUKEMIA, INFECTION, AND OTHERDISORDERS AND TO MONITOR THE EFFECTS OF CANCER CHEMOTHERAPY AND RADIATION TREATMENT. THE RELATIVELY HIGH ERROR RATES EXPERIENCED BY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS IN PERFORMING THIS PROCEDURE IS ASSOCIATED WITH (1) THE TEDIUM OF EXTENDED VIEWING THROUGH A MICROSCOPE, (2) THE DIFFICULTY OF IDENTIFYING OFTEN SUBTLE DIFFERENCES IN CELL CHARACTERISTICS, AND (3) HUMAN DEFICIENCIES (MOOD, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, TRAINING). A GROWING SHORTAGE OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS, WHICH RESULTS IN DELAYED TEST RESULTS AND ESCALATING LABOR COSTS, IS ANOTHER REASON FOR AUTOMATION OF THE BLOOD ANALYSIS PROCEDURE. PHASE II WILL INVOLVE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROTOTYPE SYSTEM WITHTHE CAPABILITY TO PERFORM THE ENTIRE MICROSCOPIC BLOOD SMEARANALYSIS PROCEDURE (WBC DIFFERENTIAL, RBC MORPHOLOGY, PLATELET ESTIMATION) FOR UNDER $100,000.

Principal Investigator:

Eric Espenhahn
4076270344

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Aev Inc.
4360 Northlake Blvd #108 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

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