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Method for the Detection of a Subdural Hematoma Using a Handheld Hematoma Detector and Discriminator

Posted Mar 03 2011 7:00pm

Description of Invention:
The invention offered for licensing and further development is a device and method for detecting hematomas. The device is based on near infrared light emitted perpendicularly into a tissue from a non-stationary emitter and on continuous detection of the reflected light with a non-stationary probe. The device is designed as a handheld detector that can be used either in an ER or at the scene of an accident, which will allow the Doctor or EMT to diagnose hematoma for patients with a Traumatic Brain Injury at the scene. Furthermore, this device can be utilized to discriminate between subdural and epidural hematoma. The invention also discloses a novel method of data analysis is. The specific combination and sequences of data analysis are performed to discriminate healthy tissue from tissue perfused with blood. In addition, an interface to a laptop will be provided that creates a 3D surface image of the location of the hematoma is displayed. This invention will result in a better triage and treatment for patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and fills a must filled gap in TBI health care.

  • Diagnosis for hematoma
  • Early screening and triage for diagnosis of hemorrhage from head trauma
  • At-the-scene diagnostic
  • On-going patient monitoring
  • Neurosurgical procedure preparation
  • The device will be useful in combat critical care and/or third world care where CT may not be readily available
  • Potential use of the device in a field deployable sense

  • Improved capabilities of accurately diagnosing hematoma
  • At-the-scene detection capabilities
  • The device is inexpensive, simple in its design and easy to operate
  • Potential improvement in medical procedures

Development Status:
  • The invention is fully developed
  • May need to develop a prototype for testing on phantoms

Jason D Riley (NICHD)

Patent Status:
HHS, Reference No. E-010-2010/0
PCT, Application No. PCT/US2010/060506 filed 15 Dec 2010

Licensing Status:
Available for licensing.

Collaborative Research Opportunity:
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Section on Biomedical Stochastic Physics, is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate, or commercialize the topic of this invention or related laboratory interests. Please contact Alan Hubbs, Ph.D. at 301-594-4263 or for more information.

Devices/Instrumentation - Diagnostics
Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine - Diagnostics

For Licensing Information Please Contact:
Michael Shmilovich Esq.
NIH Office of Technology Transfer
6011 Executive Blvd. Suite 325,
Rockville, MD 20852
United States
Phone: 301-435-5019
Fax: 301-402-0220

Ref No: 2231

Updated: 03/2011

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