In-vivo measurement of gas bubble formation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0428
Agency Tracking Number: N074-038-0269
Amount: $69,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T038
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
15 Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA, 02140
DUNS: 111046152
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vernon Shrauger
 Associate Principal
 (617) 498-5172
Business Contact
 Renee Wong
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (617) 498-5655
Research Institution
 David A Weitz
 Pierce Hall
29 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA, 2138
 (617) 496-2843
 Nonprofit college or university
We propose the development of an in-vivo bubble detection system that will measure the evolution of gas bubbles in biological tissue and blood. Our approach utilizes established commercial technology with advanced imaging techniques to permit visualization of microbubble formation without entering the body. The sensor will be able to quantify the size and density of bubbles as they evolve and will be used as a tool to help study microbubble formation in an effort to correlate them to decompression sickness (DCS). The technology allows the proposed sensor to be lightweight, low-power, compact, wearable and self-contained. With an eventual DCS correlation, the portability and method of the proposed bubble sensor will ultimately enable personalized dive parameter calculation so divers can operate optimally and safely within their physiological limits.

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