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: $1,225,830.00
Phase: Phase II
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
 Chief Technology Officer
 (503) 636-6999
Business Contact
 Mike Temple
Title: President
Phone: (971) 235-5585
Research Institution
In this Phase II research, Blacktoe Medical will design, manufacture and test a finger-worn ultrasound-imaging probe, optimized for Army vascular access requirements. The vascular finger probe will simplify use and reduce the time to learn complicated ultrasound guided procedures. By leveraging human hand-eye coordination and intuitive knowledge of finger position and orientation, the probe will allow new users to quickly become proficient. Feedback from military end users state that a finger probe with commercially available portable ultrasound system will expand greatly their capabilities in the combat field and transport. Earlier intervention capabilities in the field, particularly central line placement under ultrasound guidance, will save solders lives. Major Phase II milestones include completing a functional design of the finger probe, assembling and testing a functional “alpha” probe, testing the performance and reliability of the probe by performing image quality and safety tests, qualifying the probe for clinical-simulated testing by performing a comprehensive clinical regulatory review (CRR) and performing a clinical assessment of the probe comparing the usability, ease of use, accuracy and speed in comparison to a standard probe for performing vascular access procedures using anthropomorphic ultrasound phantoms. The probe will be commercialized in Phase III.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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