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Transcutaneous Acoustic Palpation (TAP): Pain Diagnosis

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
71819
Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
NS049719
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ALLEZ PHYSIONIX, LTD
ALLEZ PHYSIONIX, LTD 2815 EASTLAKE AVE E, STE 300 SEATTLE, WA 98102
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Transcutaneous Acoustic Palpation (TAP): Pain Diagnosis
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R41NS049719-01
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Undiagnosed sources of pain are a frequent, though often a nonspecific presenting symptom of numerous medical conditions. A classic attempt to make pain a more specific diagnostic in conjunction with anatomical knowledge is when the Doctor palpates a particular part of the body and asks does this hurt? This works well enough for potential sources of pain at or near the surface of the skin that are on the same scale as the Doctor s fingers. Yet there remains a need to more precisely, reliably and in a noninvasive manner, stimulate individual constituent pieces of a complex structure within the body (i.e., the disks, vertebral body, lamina and facets of the spine) so as to identify the exact source of pain. It is well known that high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) can focally, non-invasively and without damage probe small structures, including those within the body, via the induction of small displacements within tissue by inducing local temperature changes in tissue. Our long-term goal is to develop a new diagnostic tool for the physician by increasing the specificity of pain through the non-destructive use of image guided HIFU. In essence, we propose to use noninvasive, focal ultrasound to differentially diagnose back pain by the non-invasive and safe stimulation of individual potential sources of back pain and subsequently reported patient responses through the focal induction of displacement and/or increases in temperature of relevant tissue by HIFU. We call this TAP for Transcutaneous Acoustic Palpation

Principal Investigator:

R. C. Frederickson
2063365623
RAFRED@SHAW.CA

Business Contact:

Robert Fredrickson
RAFRED@SHAW.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

ALLEZ PHYSIONIX, LTD
ALLEZ PHYSIONIX, LTD 10946 84TH PL KIRKLAND, WA 98934

EIN/Tax ID: 201152907
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
University of Washington
seattle, WA 98105
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university