ELECTRONIC CRYOGENIC SURGICAL PROBE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
8048
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Project Management Teams
Box 1090, Fn2083 Goldshores Dr, International Fall, MN, 56649
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
CRYOSURGERY IS COMMONLY USED IN THE PRACTICE OF DERMATOLOGY TO TREAT VARIOUS BENIGN AND MALIGNANT NEOPLASMS AND LESIONS OF THE SKIN. THE EQUIPMENT FOR TREATING PATIENTS WITH CRYOSURGERY IS CURRENTLY CUMBERSOME, EXPENSIVE, AND DIFFICULT TO CONTROL. IN ADDITION, THE REFRIGERANTS SUCH ASLIQUID NITROGEN AND NITROUS OXIDE ARE RELATIVELY UNAVAILABLE, DIFFICULT TO STORE AND SOMETIMES DANGEROUS TO USE. THIS RESEARCH WILL PROVE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING ELECTRONICSEMICONDUCTORS TO GENERATE CRYOGENIC TEMPERATURES FOR CRYOSURGICAL PROCEDURES. THE HAND HELD DEVICE, A SORT OF REVERSE SOLDERING IRON, WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR COMPRESSED GASES IN THESE PROCEDURES WHILE GIVING POSITIVE TEMPERATURE CONTROL. ALSO, BECAUSE SOLID STATE ELECTRONICS LENDS ITSELF TO MINITURIZATION, THIS RESEARCH MAY SHOW THAT A CRYOSURGICAL DEVICE FOR USE WITH VARIOUS ENDOSCOPES MIGHT BE POSSIBLE. THE COST TO MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTE THE DEVICE SHOULD BE LESS THAN A THREE YEAR SUPPLY OF OTHER CRYOGENS, AND RUNNINGPOWER COST OF LESS THAN A DOLLAR A DAY. THE LOW COST, ELIMINATION OF STORAGE PROBLEMS, AND MORE POSITIVE CONTROL SHOULD MAKE THE CRYOSURGICAL PROCEDURE MORE AVAILABLE TO PHYSICIANS BOTH DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN, WHILE REDUCING THE COST OF HEALTH CARE.

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