A Portable Multimodality System for in-field Airway Injury Assessment and Compliance Measurement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: W81XWH-17-C-0068
Agency Tracking Number: H16C-006-0038
Amount: $149,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHP16C-006
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-11-14
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
DUNS: 073804411
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mitali More
 Principal Investigator
 (617) 668-6967
 mmore@rmdinc.com
Business Contact
 Kanai Shah
Phone: (617) 668-6853
Email: kshah@rmdinc.com
Research Institution
 Massssachusetts General Hospital
 55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA, 02114
 (617) 668-6853
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
Airway compromise is the third leading cause of potentially preventable death on the battlefield.Current evaluation techniques of the airways associated with smoke inhalation injury are highly subjective and lack the sensitivity required of an accurate diagnostic and assessment tool.The problem of detection is further compounded by the late onset of symptoms that in many cases do not present until 12-24 hours post-exposure.New quantitative techniques are therefore sought for early diagnosis of airway injuries and airway management in military pre-hospital setting to maximize survival.Here we propose to develop a portable, easily setup, compact multimodal imaging system for real-time localized airway compliance measurements to detect and diagnose airway injuries at an early stage.This system powered by an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), will provide a comprehensive tool for evaluation of lung injury.For demonstration purposes, and to reduce hardware costs, the first prototype will use off-the-shelf components.Later versions will extend this concept to a compact, man-portable system that can be folded into a single suite cased sized unit.The proposed effort provides integrated and complementary imaging capabilities for far-forward medical care to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with major battlefield injuries.

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