Skeletal Muscle Water Content Measurement Sensor/Tool

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$69,743.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W81XWH-04-C-0036
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-0546
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
A03-156
Solicitation Number:
2003.2
Small Business Information
ARTANN LABORATORIES, INC.
1753 Linvale-Harbourton Road, Lambertville, NJ, 08530
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
959147026
Principal Investigator
 Armen Sarvazyan
 Chief Scientist
 (609) 333-0710
 armen@artannlabs.com
Business Contact
 Souren Airapetian
Title: Vice President
Phone: (609) 883-0100
Email: suren@artannlabs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of this proposal is to develop a Muscle Water Content (MWC) sensor, an ultrasonic device for assessment of body hydration status in soldiers with accuracy better than 2% during deployment and training. The MWC assessment is based on measurement of ultrasound velocity in muscle, which is, to a good approximation, a linear function of the water content. The expected outcome will be a lightweight, compact, and simple sensor for military use as well as civilian medical use for assessment of hydration status of various institutionalized patient, athlete, and worker populations. The proposed ultrasonic sensor will advantageously differ from the existing techniques by its completely non-invasive application, higher accuracy, rapid tests and possibility of continuous monitoring MWC by a portable lightweight device in the field. The goals of Phase I and Option Effort are to build the first MWC sensor prototype and to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed technology and necessary sensitivity in the experiments on tissue models and ex vivo animal muscles.

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