Application of Finger-Mounted Ultrasound Array Probes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-10-C-0021
Agency Tracking Number: A092-102-0259
Amount: $118,635.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-102
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Blacktoe Medical
12725 SW 66th Avenue, Suite 205, Portland, OR, 97223
DUNS: 135945496
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Corbett
 (503) 636-6999
Business Contact
 David Starr
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (503) 709-4384
Research Institution
Ultrasound is a standard of care for Central Line Placement (CLP). Existing transducers are awkward to use or require a second clinician to image. Fast and easy to use ultrasound guidance is especially important for military applications where every minute can mean a saved life or salvaged limb. Combat use of ultrasound includes CLP, shrapnel detection, identification of bleeders and other injuries. Blacktoe has developed a finger-mounted ultrasound probe prototype. Premlinary work indicates modifications to our existing finger probe can address current issues with CLP. The overall objective of this proposal is to develop a finger mounted ultrasound array probe for vascular access procedures. This work includes detailed product specifications and the development of a working prototype. This work will leverage substantial prior effort. Blacktoe will conduct end user research utilizing our existing prototype and mockups with Trauma Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Vascular Surgeons, PICC nurses in the settings where they perform line placement procedures. This work will include performing mock procedures on phantoms to understand workflow requirements and product requirements. Based on this research Blacktoe will develop a working prototype finger probe to address the requirements of vascular access procedures.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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