Refinement of non-invasive approach to the determination of intracranial pressure

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2R42NS046824-02A1
Agency Tracking Number: NS046824
Amount: $597,052.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ALLEZ PHYSIONIX, LTD
ALLEZ PHYSIONIX, LTD, 2815 EASTLAKE AVE E, STE 300, SEATTLE, WA, 98102
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 R FREDERICKSON
 (206) 336-5623
 RCAFRED@SHAW.CA
Business Contact
 REX PATTERSON
Phone: (206) 336-5623
Email: REX.PATTERSON@MKG.COM
Research Institution
 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Office of Sponsored Programs
SEATTLE, WA, 98105
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) is associated with a number of serious neurological conditions. Its successful management yields improved outcome for patients, yet ICP can only be measured by placing a device within the cranium through a hole in the skull (yielding invasive ICP, or ilCP), a procedure associated with significant risks and requiring a neurosurgeon for its implementation. A non-invasive and easy method of measuring ICP (nICP) could be extremely useful for rapidly diagnosing neurological problems associated with high ICP. In our preliminary studies we have designed a methodology to determine nICP and assembled a pre-prototype device that allowed us to collect the data necessary to implement this methodology during post-hoc analysis. Among other variables, this approach uses arterial blood pressure (ABP) measured invasively. We have built a series of nICP algorithms and successfully tested them on up to twenty-one patients whose mean ilCP ranged between 5-50 mmHg. Also, we have built and tested a prototype device that both facilitates the real-time comparison of nICP with ilCP and allows the storage of patient data for further nICP algorithm refinement. Moreover, our preliminary analysis shows that this approach is amenable to implementation with non-invasive ABP. The purpose of the present proposal is to refine this approach to nICP to the point that it can be favorably compared to ilCP, whether using invasive or non-invasive ABP.

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