Using an IR Camera to Assess the Effectiveness of Back Treatment

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43AT004383-01
Award Id:
85370
Agency Tracking Number:
AT004383
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6901 EAST FISH LAKE ROAD, SUITE #190, MAPLE GROVE, MN, 55369
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
927303412
Principal Investigator:
GARY HAVEY
(763) 463-4814
GHAVEY@AME-CORP.COM
Business Contact:
TOM HENDRICKSON
() -
thendrickson@ame-corp.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This phase I SBIR seeks to establish the feasibility of using quantitative thermography to identify the clinical effects of spinal unloading in patients with radicular symptoms. Unloading therapy will be performed in pa tients with radicular symptoms and associated back pain while concurrently recording using infared (IR) images, surface temperatures and changes in cutaneous blood flow (using Laser Doppler measurements). These tests seek establish the feasibility of using microbolometer based IR imaging to analyze the effectiveness of the unloading therapy. Image processing software will be used to quantifying of regional changes in cutaneous temperature. Spinal unloading will be done using the LTX 3000(tm) Lumbar Rehabili tation System. In phase II, we will complete the development of the system and test the clinical utility of a portable, low-cost quantitative thermography system to be used for serial imaging of a patient receiving spinal unloading therapy. The phase II go al is to apply this approach as a novel and affordable outcome analysis tool. Low back pain is a major socioeconomic problem in the industrialized world. In the United States, it is the second leading cause of worker absenteeism, yet the most expensive in terms of lost productivity. Nearly 80% of all adults experience low back pain at some time in their lives.2 Many people experience their first episode of low back pain in their early twenties, and it becomes more common as a person approaches his/her early sixties.

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