Airway Analysis in Sleep Apnea

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1 R43 NS34094-01,
Agency Tracking Number: 29629
Amount: $74,575.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
412 Cedar Spring Road, Kennett Square, PA, 19348
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Roberts
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Research Institution
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Abstract
Apnea affects a large percentage of the population; it is debilitating and has considerable economiAccurate diagnosis via polysomnography is technically difficult, expensive, and inconvenient. Treatmpressure, unacceptable to a high percentage of patients, surgical intervention, limited success andremovable/adjustable mandibular and tongue repositioning devices. Innovative techniques for low costtreatment planning and evaluation, especially aids to design and evaluation of repositioning devicesaccessibility of diagnosis and therapy through increased capacity of present clinical resources andthird party insurers. Clinical Imaging has developed prototype software for upper airway analysis whthese needs. The software visualizes and quantifies the airway via sagittal and cross-sectional imagrestrictions are easily located; this information could indicate conservative treatment. Airway dilarepositioning devices can be located and quantified; this information could indicate minimum advancereduce apnea symptoms. Innovative information is provided by a "local air- flow index" which may ind(turbulent flow) obstructions. Aims of Phase I are to simplify operation of the software and obtainclinical application. Phase II will include research to validate clinical efficacy, and extend imagi

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